In anticipation of the movie release in February 2010, I was anxious to read/listen to Shutter Island. I've read and enjoyed LeHane's earlier books: Mystic River and Prayers for Rain and have not been disappointed. The audio version is read by Tom Stechschulte who happens to be an amazing reader. He was able to effectively handle voice changes for multiple characters.
It's 1954 and Teddy Daniels is a U.S. marshal assigned to check out a reported escape of a Rachel Solando, a murderess, at Ashcliff Hospital, a federal asylum for the criminally insane. The facility is located on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. While aboard the ferry taking him to Shutter Island, Teddy meets another marshal, his new partner Chuck Aule.
Once they arrive at the hospital they begin interviewing patients and staff. Although most of the people they talk to seem helpful, some seem to be hiding something. The medical director responsible for the missing woman's care seems very odd and suspicious, and at times even Teddy seems a bit messed up, from flashbacks of the war, and the loss of his wife in an apartment fire set by an arsonist.
The location and description of this asylum set on a remote island is enough to send chills up the reader's spine, but then a hurricane hits. When the ferry services from the island are stopped , and no one can leave, things take a turn for the worst.
MY THOUGHTS - Do you like creepy psychological thriller --the sort of book with imagery that makes the reading experience all the more intense? Do you like a thriller with disturbing events and multiple twists are turns? Not every reader will be satisfied with the way that this book ends, but remember it's fiction. In my opinion, the plot and ending were written with movie options in mind back in 2003 when the book was first published. Can't wait to see the movie - RECOMMENDED - (rating - 4/5 stars).
(Library Audio Book)