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)
intrepid left-wing lesbian feminist librarian
seemed to meander in the middle. suddenly the focus of the book switches as the main storyline is resolved with little fanfare.
I love books! Since I can't read when I drive, audible does it for me!
The story was exciting, the characters well developed and it creeped me out several times. Can't wait to read other books by this author. Narrator did wonderful job! The names and places were Swedish, Finnish, etc... But the story translates to any language!
This was an interesting story. A psychological thriller. Dark. A little bit of everything. I found some of the dialogue sort of simpering...hard to believe that reasonable adults would be so wimpy and even predictable...so some of the dialogue was a bit hard to take.
HOWEVER, Mark Bramhall is an amazing narrator. My favorites are usually George Guidall and Will Patton. But, just based on this performance, I'd have to say that he belongs in a similar category. An incredible mastery of dialects and characterizations. I definitely want to hear more of his work.
There are several detailed plots with interesting, unusual characters. Each plot could be a standalone book, but the author has skillfully entertwined them to a startling end.
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!
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