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)
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.
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!
Suspense, Twists, Fun
The ending. I didn't guess who it was until right before the author revealed them.
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.
Will keep you guessing right up until the end!
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.
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.
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 :)
Would change just about everything in this book as it the plot was so confusing.
Think I won't be reading a thriller for a while and try just fiction.
Had no real favourite scene. Found many of them to be rather gruesome.
Don't think would bother as did not enjoy the storyline.
Will not purchase another book by this author.
Definitely. Although being American it was difficult to adjust to all the names, the book completely held my attention
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