Who needs the mall?
Yes. It was a good book at an excellent price. It's a shame the ending was ridiculous.
If he's written other mysteries, I would give at least one of them a shot.
Benjamin's voice came across as terribly annoying. Benjamin himself was terribly annoying, but the author couldn't pull off the stupid teen angst angle.
I sent a copy to my friend.
The first three quarters of the book was terrific. Great murders, great twists. Not enough detail on the main character's marriage problems, his relationship with his Father in law, or how things would work out for the family. The ending is not believable or satisfying. You have been warned!
This story had a "map" and then the window was rolled down and out it went! While I love good twists and turns in my mysteries - I don't like being 180'ed during a tense portion of the story. Present, Past, present, side story, Pokemon characters. Blood, guts, drugs, lots of cursing and crazy on crazy and more.
This reminded me of a Swedish version of Pulp Fiction. Too bad there wasn't a dance scene with Travolta and Thurman.
I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.
If you like mysteries, absolutely check out the unique voice and the encrypted mystery/events at the heart of this chilling detective story.
Yes, it kept unfolding into new areas of discovery, so you could never predict the direction of the next surprise.
steady, raspy, quality
Not sure about this...
This is one of the best horrer mystery stories I have ever read. It involves a psychiatric hypnotist and his family . It unfolds creating great curiosity about what could possibly happen next. The characters are very vivid and the action supurb. This will go on my "read again" list.
I couldn't finish this book. The main characters are mawkishly drawn, oozing feeling that doesn't cohere or compute. The big flashback seemed structurally maladroit, and that's where I checked out. The detective is worth following, but the story loses him while the others whine endlessly and fecklessly.
I found all the characters in this mystery to be flat and unlikeable and the storyline unrealistic and unnecessarily yucky. It seems to be one of those mysteries written with the movie screen in mind; who knows, it might make a better film than a book if the actors could make the characters come to life a little.
Wow! I am so excited at having won this book. I won the paperback ARC from First-Reads on GoodReads. I am looking forward to reading it, even if it seems a little more bloody than my usual wimpy fair. Thank you!
* * * (Several months later, when I finally had the nerve, and the need to escape NaNoWriMo):
GRIPPING! From the minute I started reading, I couldn't stop. I did at one point have to go to sleep. It is the kind of book that once it was bedtime and I knew I couldn't finish within the hour, I had to find a lighter book to fall to sleep with. Once awake this morning I knew I couldn't leave my room until I finished.
No, as I stated up at the top, this isn't my kind of novel. Blood and gore is involved. Not that I mind blood. I just don't like someone causing bleeding without a surgeon involved helping heal the person who's bleeding.
"Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live in Sweden." They built a fascinating story. There are so many threads of subplots branching out. About the time you think it should all be finished, and you take a deep breath, you find you have barely passed the middle of the book.
I am still panting, but do feel the all the threads resolved. A well-done story. Kudos to the authors.
Oh, I listened to the Audible version while reading the Advanced Reader's Copy. That made it easier on my eyes. The narrator, Mark Bramhall, was excellent!
This was a spell-binding tale, but, sadly, too many loose threads were left for perfection. Great performance, good story, lots of tension and twists, but I would have liked more answers at the end. I hope the authors resurrect the characters in another novel, they are worthy of a longer life.
Retired autoworker, and photographer! Started to listen to audio books, when I developed cataracts, and never stopped! Love the listen!
The idea of using a hypnotist to assist in solving a murder is a great idea for a mystery but the narrator has a very monotone voice that puts me to sleep. Plus the story isn't told in a chronological method so at times it is confusing. I often have to go back and listen to a chapter over again. I probably would not purchase another book by this author. I am still trying to get through it.
The characters come to life immediately. There is no over-writing here. No extra words. It is as spare as the Scandinavian landscape, but rich in emotion. And the narration is perfect, foreboding and sonorous with all of the characters easily distinguished just by the tone of voice. Bramhall's voice is deep as the ocean, actually the perfect voice for a hypnotist, calm and reassuring which is especially effective given the bizarre turns of plot, and in fact this book is mesmerizing. You will be hypnotized along with the patients. Also Bramhall pauses at all the right moments. You don't have to scroll back to figure out what's going on, you know what's going on, and yet each moment is completely new and unpredictable.
There are almost too many to choose from, but I would say that the group therapy session the hypnotist conducts with his patients was one of the scariest scenes I have ever come across in a book--and this wasn't even the climax! If you ever thought about becoming a therapist, this scene would make you very glad you chose a different path. At this point, you start to realize what this poor therapist has gotten himself into.
I loved all of the patients -- they are so absolutely nutty that they're both scary and funny.
Oh yes, I had to discipline myself. I listen to books while working out and i lost a lot of weight during this one.
Best book I've listened to since Stieg Larson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Like Mikhail, the journalist in that book, the hypnotist here is the only person looking for the truth and the only one capable of finding it. Just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they get worse. Delicious!