Shutter Island (Unabridged)
by Dennis Lehane
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Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them. But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry; an approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing ...Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there? As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount. The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they may never leave Shutter Island because someone is trying to drive them insane ...
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After seeing the gripping new movie trailer with it's noir atmosphere and Leonardo DeCaprio (whom we all know doesn't do low budget movies), I purchased this audio. Knowing there was a shocking secret on Shutter Island "where nothing is as it seems," and having a degree in psychology with years of experience as administrator of a psychiatric hospital, I listened. Stuffed with a smug over-confident bravado, I was sure I could unravel this plot and forego the gasp of lesser brains as they were smacked with the climactic ending. Boy was I wrong! The author crafts a tight atmospheric story with every strand of the plot connecting perfectly, drawing you in and making you tense with breathless anticipation. Then....WHAM! It will get you too! A spooky, fun, delicious thriller.
Did you like The Manchurian Candidate? Then this book is for you.
If you like books/movies like the original Manchurian Candidate, then this book is for you. Lots of great twists and it keeps the listener wondering. The reader was top-notch with a bit of a gravel in his voice that really added to the book's setting.
...one of the best books I have ever read/heard.