Shutter Island

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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


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“The brain controls pain. It controls fear. Sleep. Empathy. Hunger. Everything we associate with the heart or the soul or the nervous system is actually controlled by the brain. Everything. What if you could control it?” 
― Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

… what exactly is going-on on this island???

1954, Federal Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels, WWII vet, and his new partner Chuck Aule are assigned to investigate the disappearance of a woman from a federal penitentiary for the criminally insane on Shutter Island. There are only 2 ways to reach or leave the island. By ferry, or by a nice swim in the icy water. 

Teddy suffers from migraines, which Chuck quickly picks up on during their arrival on the ferry and Chuck never fails to have cigarettes handy. Both men have some baggage, both have their stories. 

Upon arrival to the facility, the marshals have to surrender their weapons and begin their investigations. They quickly figure out, that things are strange around. The ratio of wardens to patients, the gambling habits of the wardens, the interviews of personnel and patients….things kinda don’t add up. 

“She smiled darkly and shook her head. 'I'm not crazy. I'm not. Of course what else would a crazy person claim? That's the Kafkaesque genius of it all. If you're not crazy but people have told the world you are, then all your protests to the contrary just underscore their point. Do you see what I'm saying?” 
― Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

“If you are deemed insane, then all actions that would oherwise prove you are not do, in actuality, fall into the framework of an insane person’s actions. Your sound protests constitute denial. Your valid fears are deemed paranoia. Your survival instincts are labeled defense mechanisms. It’s a no-win situation. It’s a death penalty really.” 
― Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

The marshals start to comb the island. Jagged cliffs, caves and a lighthouse. Where has this patient gone? The weather is getting bad, a hurricane is looming. Someone along the way tells them, the patient has been found. Maybe due to stress, Teddy has a migraine attack and flashbacks from his past. He is given meds and his mind is going in and out between reality and or an alternate reality?! Conversations with his partner seem to alert him. Was there a trip up? Is there more to his new partner?

“Waking, after all, was an almost natal state. You surfaced without history, then spent the blinks and yawns reassembling your past, shuffling the shards into chronological order before fortifying yourself for the present.” 
― Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island

Trapped now. Trapped on this island….

I have not seen the movie, but I will do that next. All I can say is that this book was so Dennis Lehane style. Twists and turns, mind bending games, questioning everything….truth from fiction. What is going on? 

Prepare yourself to be shocked.