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Shutter Island


  • Shutter Island is a best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, published by Harper Collins in April 2003

Shutter Island facts

  • A film adaptation was released in February 2010
  • Lehane has said he sought to write a novel that would be a homage to Gothic settings, B movies, and pulp
  • He described the novel as a hybrid of the works of the Brontë sisters and the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • His intent was to write the main characters in a position where they would lack 20th century resources such as radio communications
  • He also structured the book to be more taut than his previous book, Mystic River
  • Lehane was inspired by the hospital and grounds on Long Island in Boston Harbor for the model of the hospital and island
  • Lehane had visited it in the Blizzard of 1978 as a child with his uncle and family

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