Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

Cover ImageFinished listening to on 10/30/2008, mystery, rating 4/5, pub. 2003

US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck are sent the Shutter Island, off the coast of Boston, where the Hospital for the Criminally insane were housed and treated.  Teddy and Chuck were trying to find  the escaped murderess, Rachel.  While there they also wanted to find out what kind of practices were really taking place on the island.   Teddy had his own reasons for being there.  The man who murdered his wife was there.  A hurricane blows in and the men are trapped on Shutter Island, which provides much of the action. 

I was not all that impressed with the story until the last two cds of seven.  I thought it was slow and weird.  But then the last part of the book just blew me away and made up for all the rest.  That’s really all I can say about it.  To say more would ruin it for you.

This book is in production and slated for an October 2009 release date.  Martin Scorsese directs and Leonardo DiCapprio plays Teddy.  Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, and Michelle Williams round out the cast.  I always think the book is best, but this could be a better movie than book, especially with such a compelling cast.

2 thoughts on “Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

  1. bermudaonion says:

    I still haven’t tried an audio book. We’re going out of town on the 7th, so I’m going to the library next week to see if I can find one to take along with us. You’ve inspired me to give it a try!

    It’s great if you will be driving for more than an hour. The fun for me is always trying to find one that will interest both of us. I always choose a few (some of them are just not good) and I always choose unabridged. We tried listening to the abridged ones, but you really do miss stuff and when the story seemed disjointed I wondered what got cut out!

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