In the summer of 1954 U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule come to Shutter Island. A patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando has escaped from Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, located on Shutter Island. It appears to be impossible for her to have escaped from her locked room, they begin their investigation, hampered by un-cooperation from the doctors, orderlies and warden, while at the same time a hurricane is bearing down on the island.

As their investigation continues, they come to realize that everything at Ashecliffe Hospital is not as it seems on the surface. Even their reason for being there, is it a missing patient, or to investigate claims of drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials and experiments in brainwashing? Or is Teddy there because of who he is, because of something in his past?

Trapped on the island by the hurricane, Teddy and Chuck get closer to the truth, but the questions increase and Teddy begins to believe that they must leave Shutter Island, or be driven insane.

This is not a long book, it falls into the category of thriller, and once you start on this thrill ride you need to see it through to the end. I kind of had clue to the end because of another review I read so I don’t know if I would have guessed the ending on my own, I don’t think I would have. The book has a sense of impending doom, I found myself, hoping it would have a good ending, but dreading that it wouldn’t. At the same time I couldn’t stop reading it. The plot follows a logical course, as logical a course as one can have in an insane asylum, at times confusing, but as events unfold the meaning of events becomes clear, the ending wraps things up, then you get the sense that things aren’t really over ….

Stars: 4
Copyright 2006

I’ve linked this review to Cym Lowell: Book Review Party Wednesday

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

4 responses

  1. bitsybling says:

    Dropped by from the Book Party! Bummer about a review with spoilers! That’s terrible. It’s like flipping to the back of the book and reading the last page.


  2. nancyo says:

    I read this book when it first came out and have been recommending it ever since. Thanks for your review!

  3. I’d wanted to read this one until I read another review with spoilers and learned the twist at the end. Guess I’m going to pass on it now. 😦


    • bellabf says:

      I’m sorry you were turned off this book, but to each his own.

      If I ever write a review with a ‘spoiler’ in it, please call me on it!