Everything, except for the very beginning. After that it became totally disjointed, stupid, grizzly and pointless. Pure junk.
He was excellent, but wasted talent on this book.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
I had so many problems with this story that it's really hard to know where to begin. Let's start with the narrator (because he was probably the least of my problems). While I don't think that Mark Bramhall is a bad narrator, I don't feel as if he did a very convincing job of distinguishing many of the voices. I would have been happier had he not bothered to try various voices for the characters. Honestly, I don't know if it was entirely his fault because the characters are just so poorly written and poorly developed.
The two main characters, the hypnotist and the detective, seemed almost interchangeable at times. I found it a challenge to know who was doing what and why it was that character who was doing it. In my opinion, this book should not have had two main characters; one of them was unnecessary. (Even the author(s) seem to believe that this is the case because they introduced a secondary character who was a former detective. That character could have done much of the work of the main detective character--and it would have made the story a lot less convoluted.)
One of the reasons for this tug-of-war among the main characters could be because of the authors. I didn't know it before I read the book; however, I have subsequently learned that Lars Kepler is a pseudonym. The book was actually written by a Swedish couple. Having dual authors is not something new in the literary world; however, this couple could not pull it off with any semblance of cohesion.
As if the characters were not enough to disappoint me, the story itself was just a mess. It begins with a gruesome murder. This is how the detective, Joona Linna, is introduced. There is only one survivor of the murder; however, he's a young boy in serious condition from the attack. Because of this, the hypnotist, Erick Maria Bark, must be contacted to try to reach the boy through hypnosis in the hope of catching the murderer. I had thought that this would set up the rest of the story; however, I was wrong. While this particular storyline serves as a bit of a distraction from the main story, it is never truly resolved. (That lack of resolution truly bothered me.)
The main story is about the kidnapping of the hypnotist's son, Benjamin. By the end of the story, the final reasons for the kidnapping are incredibly weak. In order to arrive at the end, the reader must endure several bizarre elements of the hypnotist's life (and the detective's life--to a lesser extent). For example, there is an extremely long portion of the book devoted to one of the hypnotist's patients from a long time ago. In the end, that patient had nothing to do with the story. In addition, there is a significant part of the story that is dedicated to a teenage Pokemon crime ring. Yes, really.
I would not recommend this book at all, and I will surely not be reading any other books by this Swedish couple.
Interesting complex mystery. Lots of depth, great writing, and a unusual story. The main characters where not that likeable in that they all felt tired, frustrated, and a bit bored with their lives. The story was also a bit long. Finally it's fun to read about people in another country like Sweden that on one hand is a lot like us and in other ways a lot different. Interesting mystery and nice listen despite few weak points.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
The story is entirely unique and therefore the mystery is fun to see it unfurl. I found the reader irritating, but the strength of the plot made up that as well as various lack of character development. I reccomend this book, especially due to it's principal subject matter.
It was really a great story. Well-written and satisfying.
Mr. Kepler is great about building the story from beginning to end. The end was actually an end - I love that!
The longsuffering hypnotist himself. Persecuted by everyone and hanging on.
What the book made me do is listen to it from beginning to end. I never do that. I just HAD to know what happened. I only put it up when I was forced to do other things. The ending was very satisfactory. I hate it when they leave me hanging - no hanging here!
I could have done without the sex scenes. Seems like they were stuck in there in a movie script sort of way. Felt gratuitous and unnecessary. The semi-rape scene in particular, while maybe serving a (vague) purpose to the story, was very praying mantis-y and kind of gross.
I just found out that "Lars Kepler" is a husband and wife team. I hope they continue to write fiction. This book was so good!
Listening to Mark read the book is one of the best parts of the book! His accent is perfect and listening to him pronounce all of the Swedish places and names is one of the best parts of the book! I hope he narrates the next one -- I can't wait for it to come out!
Wow. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. This is one of the best books I've heard on Audible. Plenty of suspense, twists and turns, plots and subplots. Gripping story, told wonderfully by the author. This is a very talented author. I can't wait to see if his other books are as good. Narrator gave a solid performance and definitely did not distract from the story at all.
If you like detective stories, this one will not disappoint.
Felt incredibly drawn out. While Steig Larson's trilogy story length served to deliver much coveted nuance, here it felt forced and frankly boring.
he was fine
Lars Kepler either doesn't like women or understand them. At every turn, the women in this book were portrayed as unlikeable and one-dimensional. I can't believe i have to say this in 2013. Very sad and incredibly disappointing.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend; however, the reader has a heavy smoker voice which was a little to much for me. I don't know if he is a smoker but that is what his voice sounds like. He reads a little slow which makes the book 20% longer than it needs to be; however, after several hours, I got use to the slow reading. Story is great even with names that seem unnatural for an English Speaker. The story does not give away anything until the very end and the ending is a surprise. Great Story!!
This is not a genre I would typically read, but it was for book club, so I had to do it. I listened to it at work. After the first day, I was riveted. Thrills, suspense, twists - I couldn't wait to read more. But then it went downhill. Somehow in my half hour commute home and back to work the next day, it became confusing, frustrating, and downright stupid at times. My coworkers were laughing at my "Oh, come ON, really?" comments. I had to stop to tell them each ridiculous plot point just to have someone with whom to commiserate. I was literally counting down until the end.
This was a long and drawn out story for the narrator. He did a decent job, though I couldn't help thinking of Dragnet every time the detective character spoke.
I don't know if this is a typical mystery novel, but it certainly gave me a bad impression. I won't be reading another unless I have to.