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.
“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)
It was engaging as most mystery novels are. The background on the hypnotist's history from 10 years ago seemed to drag on forever.
Also it seems the story line jumps back and forward in time inconsistently and made me rewind to make sure nothing was wrong with my phone.
Yes if you love thrillers and mysteries I'd recommend this book.
Yes the plot kept me on edge wondering how the story would turn out.
The story ideas were very freaky. I couldn't stop thinking about what was happening.
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.
Twist and turns.
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. It held my attention as well as the Larsson series.
When the family was finally reunited.
Same - when the family was reunited.
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.
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