Shutter Island is about a pair of U.S. Marshalls who travel to a psychological treatment center for the criminally insane. It's not the tame wackos who head to this joint. They get the real crazies, the ones who murder their entire family, skin them, and make lampshades to decorate their house with. (Yup, I'm from Wisconsin) One of these
Before too long, the investigation becomes less about Rachel Solando and more about Teddy Daniels himself. There are freaky, drug-induced dream sequences that are written in creepy detail. Lehane creates a terrifying world inside Teddy's subconscious, one that draws you in to the madness of Ashecliffe.
I'm not sure how to really classify this book. Sci Fi? Mystery? Thriller? It's got a bit of all of that. Between the supposed experimental surgeries taking place at Ashecliffe to the questions surrounding the staff, Lehane leaves the reader guessing right up until the massive twist at the end of the novel. It turns out to be one of those books you want to re-read because you know the second time will be a completely different experience.
The characters were a bit on the stereotypical side - the war-affected Marshall with a tragic past and a consipiracy theory, the creepy yet brilliant mad scientist, the good-cop sidekick, the
And I didn't even have nightmares.