I was drawn to this book by two things - the tremendous enjoyment I got from "The Given Day," also by Lehane, and the very intriguing, spooky trailers for the movie of "Shutter Island" which I did not see. I was caught by the gloomy and suspenseful atmosphere Lehane paints from the get-go, and very quickly got consumed by the plot - what's really going on on this island? Who is the creepy German doctor? Where did Delores go? The plot very rapidly picks up speed at the same time the writing becomes deeper and richer and more full of images that stick to your brain like tar. I was hanging on the narrator's every word, right up until the last sentence - only then do you really know the full story. Lehane very skillfully plays with our sense of what's real and what's not, leaving us guessing right up until the end. I think I may become a Dennis LeHane addict.
Really enjoyed this story once I got through the first few chapters. Took a while for the story to take shape, but once it did, I was totally engrossed. Saw the movie afterward and have to say the audio book was better :) Great narration, as well.
i am not a reader of thrillers or mysteries, and was reluctant to listen to this book, despite the praise of a good friend. i enjoyed this listen tremendously and stayed up far too late one night listening to the end. engaging story and great narration...
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
What a great book!!! I have listened to many audio books, this one is well narrated and a great story. I had to listen twice to figure out the fanstastic ending, I hope I have it figured out. Enjoy this mystery!!!
What a great listen! Author Denise Lehane delves into the depths of the minds of his characters and when he's searched every corner there, he jumps into the reader's mind and proceeds to create a tangle of delightful twists and confusion. The narrator gets it spot on, too. Listening to this one in the car is as dangerous as texting. Watch out! Wow! and Wow again!
I feel like I'm piling on a little, as there are many a great review for this book, but I just had to share. I listened completely enthralled to this book, thanks equally to great writing and the great narration. Both writer and narrator create characters rich and vivid, opened raw and a bit enigmatic.
I truly cannot understand the couple of lackluster reviews I've seen here. I highly recommend this book and would liken the flavor to that of M. Night Shamalan & Christopher Nolan (both writers/storytellers before they are filmmakers).
Get this, then sit back and enjoy!!!
My wife and I listened to Shutter Island and both agree that Tom Stechschulte did a very good job with a very good book by Dennis Lehane. I am not much for novels but I do have to say that this kept my interest.
I've listened to a number of books read by this narrator and he is truly terrific. He is probably the reason I finished it.
About the book, I thought I liked it until the end, which brought me up very short. Another reviewer likened this book to a meshing of "The Shining" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" but this book isn't nearly as good as either. If you've read Stephen King's "Misery", then you'll understand my opinion of this book as a "cheat". I just don't understand the rave reviews. I found the book a bit plastic.
I love the BBC and British mysteries, but my tastes are very eclectic. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
First, I have read an enjoyed all of LeHayne's series mysteries. He is a good writer. He's still a good writer on this book; his skill got this book two stars instead of one star. Now, I have to admit I couldn't finish this book. I didn't care about the characters, the plot, anything.
The problem for me was that is just moved so very slowly. The other reviews noted that it was "spooky" or "suspenseful" or something that indicated that something-- anything happened. Well, it didn't. At least it didn't in the over half I listened to. I can see now why the Abridged version of this book costs more! Maybe if I hadn't had to wade through so much of absolutely nothing happening, it would have been okay. But seriously, for over 4 hours the only thing that happens is that the marshalls get to the island and look at the escaped prisoner's room. Seriously. That's all. It was boring beying belief.