“Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man?” – Dennis Lehane
Synopsis: The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades–with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems.
It’s so hard when you finish this book to know what was real and what wasn’t. Which person do we believe? That’s what the author had in mind and it worked out really well. One big mindfuck.
Shutter Island and the Asheclife Hospital are very interesting and creepy. A place where criminally insane people are kept, where strange things are thought to happen in the lighthouse, people being kept in remarkable conditions. It’s described perfectly as a place where you don’t want to end up in any way. In combination with a hurricane, the picture is complete.
The beginning of the book started a bit slow, but caught up after a little. After that I swooped right through it. New clues, new facts, and new questions kept me reading. What happened to Rachel, who was involved, what do the clues mean? Besides the story of the escape of Rachel Solando, the story of Teddy was also really interesting and fascinating. The dead of his wife, how he deals with it, his work, creates a good picture of his life. In the end everything did fall on it’s place in a fascinating, amazing way, if that’s the version you want to believe though. 🙂
I’ve seen the movie before I read the book, which I loved. Watching the movie made me able to have an image of Teddy and Chuck and everything at Ashecliffe from the movie. Since the movie was amazing, it was a good addition to reading the book.
I gave this book 4/5 stars.
Have fun reading!