Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
From the publisher:
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 remote and 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 what it seems. But then neither is Teddy Daniels.
This is the first Lehane I have read, although I did see the movie of “Mystic River.” I had the impression that his books were sort of bleak, which never really appealed to me. I really only picked this up because Jen picked it for her That’s How I Blog show. In fact, the first time I picked it up, I put it down after 40 pages or so because it wasn’t grabbing me. Then Jen tweeted about how amazing the ending of the book was, so I decided to give it another go.
I’m not really sure at what point I started to enjoy “Shutter Island;” at one point I was basically making myself read it so I could join in with the discussion, the next thing I knew I didn’t want to put it down. I really never came to like the main character much, but he was compelling, and the story was even more so. It was at times a bit crude, but a fantastically pieced together psychological thriller. I would really like to listen to the audio version of this book, so I could try to piece together all the clues that Lehane scattered about to what would happen in the end.