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!
The author has a sordid imagination: preoccupation with violent murder, sexual abuse.
Life is too short to fill your mind with this.
I simply could not finish the book - I made it to Chapter 36 and pulled the plub. There isn't a character to care about (good or bad), the writing is mediocre, the pace is like watching paint dry, and while I have enjoyed this performer's work previously ("DOC" is fantastic), even he can't save this book.
The mystery thrillers I like usually have an underlying psychological drama, so I thought this book would be right up my alley. While it generally held my interest, the book had so many implausibilities, logical inconsistencies and dropped plot lines that it was ultimately quite unsatisfying. Despite what a number of critics have said, I felt the dual authorship lent a choppy character to certain parts of the book. For example, the book's two explicit sex scenes seem to be thrown in for people who expect that sort of thing in a book such as this--and one of them seems more than a bit implausible, at least from a mother's point of view. It also gives a misleading and overly simplistic portrayal of how hypnosis works and what its potential value (or lack thereof) might be to criminal investigations
I really wanted to like this book. But, about two-thirds through I started getting really angry. The plot line is incredibly contrived. Almost nothing about it seemed remotely probable. Enormous amounts of psycoboble. The characters are not likable. The author puts them in jeopardy (of one sort or another) over and over again; in each instance they respond in the dumbest manner. I "read" it all the way through just becasue I wanted to find out how it ended. I wish I hadn't bothered.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Hailed by reviewers as the like of Larsson, Nesbo, and Mankel, I found Kepler much more graphic, explicit, and depressing in Scandinavia setting & Nordic dark irrational crime. Scenes are described in matter-of-fact phrases even when describing horrific mayhem, child abuse, incest, graphic sex, and adultery. I found the descriptions too disturbing.
The story is a complex plot shifting from 3rd to 1st person narration and forward and backward in time. The narrator Bramhall helps keep the number of characters straight and is a good voice for Keplar's book.
The violence and details are too much for me. I prefer buying another Jussi Adler-Olsen mystery.