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The Hypnotist | [Lars Kepler]

The Hypnotist

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....
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Publisher's Summary

An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in 37 countries, and it has landed at the top of best-seller lists wherever it’s been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it’s America’s turn. Combining the addictive power of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first minute.

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders, against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered.

But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die: he has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned.

Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes. It’s the sort of work that Bark had sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

A number-one best-selling international sensation sure to please fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction.

©2009 Lars Kepler (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people: I’m hereby in the latter camp.” (Kurt Andersen, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Sara Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-05-13
    Sara Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Maggie's Mom"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Felt incredibly drawn out. While Steig Larson's trilogy story length served to deliver much coveted nuance, here it felt forced and frankly boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

    he was fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 11-17-13
    Daniel 11-17-13
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    "Great Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Lewes, DE, United States 11-12-13
    Nancy Lewes, DE, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Is it over yet?"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 03-26-13
    Margaret 03-26-13
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    "Gripping Nordic Thriller!"
    If you could sum up The Hypnotist in three words, what would they be?

    Twist and turns.


    What other book might you compare The Hypnotist to and why?

    The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. It held my attention as well as the Larsson series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the family was finally reunited.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Same - when the family was reunited.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was OUTSTANDING. The narrator moved seamlessly between characters. Perfect performance. The story itself was so full of twists that towards the end it got a little overwrought but it was still a great read. I can't wait to read Kepler's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Del Mar United States 02-19-13
    Coral Del Mar United States 02-19-13
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    "Creepy nail biter"

    Wow, so many stories within one book. Everything so convoluted, but not in a negative way. Very intense. If you like excellently written nail biters then read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    velvet West Jordan, UT, United States 01-02-13
    velvet West Jordan, UT, United States 01-02-13
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    "Similar to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series"
    If you could sum up The Hypnotist in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, Twists, Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hypnotist?

    The ending. I didn't guess who it was until right before the author revealed them.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent. When ever I read a book set in a different country it helps to have the reader match the accents of the character. He also did an excellent job of differentiating the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will keep you guessing right up until the end!


    Any additional comments?

    The book started off a bit slow and I really did think they were copying The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series but after a while it started to become it's own story and I loved how it sucked you in and kept you guessing right up until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 11-23-12
    Elizabeth 11-23-12
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    "Difficult to follow"
    Would you try another book from Lars Kepler and/or Mark Bramhall?

    This book comes across as a poorly translated tale from Sweden. It jumps around and leaves you with all kinds of questions, but by the time I finally started getting some answers I really didn't care anymore. It's depressing and tedious.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

    NO


    How could the performance have been better?

    ?


    What character would you cut from The Hypnotist?

    The hypnotist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    annewbe 11-01-12
    annewbe 11-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ummm"

    The story line was ok, not bad, the narrator wasn't my fave & I didn't like the accent he used. There were a few twists & turns. I just wanted to finish the book. I did get mad at some of the characters for being so stupid, so that must be a good thing :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fairsari 10-23-12
    Fairsari 10-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Confused"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Would change just about everything in this book as it the plot was so confusing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Think I won't be reading a thriller for a while and try just fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Had no real favourite scene. Found many of them to be rather gruesome.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Don't think would bother as did not enjoy the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Will not purchase another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana L. Coll Atlanta, GA 10-12-12
    Dana L. Coll Atlanta, GA 10-12-12 Member Since 2013

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    "One of my new favorite authors"
    Would you listen to The Hypnotist again? Why?

    Definitely. Although being American it was difficult to adjust to all the names, the book completely held my attention


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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