Shutter Island is an island off the coast of Massachusetts and it is also home to Ashcliffe Hospital, a place where the most violent of the criminally insane are sent. When one of those patients, Rachel Solando, goes missing Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule are sent to the island to investigate. However, as soon as they reach the island Teddy and Chuck find that there is more going on at Ashcliffe than just one missing patient. And caught between his grief over the death of his wife, Teddy has a hard time separating what is going on at Shutter Island and what happened to cause his wife’s death. Then, a hurricane hits and what happens next can only be described as psychological and thrilling. Will Teddy and Chuck make it off the island alive? And is there really more to Shutter Island than meets the eye?
Being someone that likes to read the book before seeing the movie, when I first saw previews for the movie Shutter Island I knew I had to get my hands on the book. While the previews for the movie looked downright scary, I had to say I didn’t find the book to be the normal definition of scary. I definitely, though, would agree with the term “psychological thriller.” This book was a super fast read for me, something I couldn’t put down and found myself thinking about when I wasn’t reading it. I’ll state again that I didn’t really find it scary but the ending was definitely a shocker for me. I’d say if you’re looking for a fast moving thriller that doesn’t quit, this book is definitely for you.