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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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    Dana L. Coll Atlanta, GA 10-12-12
    Dana L. Coll Atlanta, GA 10-12-12 Member Since 2013

    Dloy

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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

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    Janels 10-12-12
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    "Dark, dreary and demented, is anyone normal there?"

    An interesting story, or stories, which seem to war over whether or not hypnosis is good or evil, but never answer the question with any support. Everyone seems flawed and even depraved, and unhappy--all seems gloomy. It makes you feel that Sweden is some subterranean habitat that drives its tortured inhabitants crazy. And even the doctors who treat them are delusional and misguided. Somewhat more ghoulish that necessary for the premise, that aspect didn't enhance it. The narrator was in general good, in my opinion, but he did tend to apply cartoonish voices to some characters; and often it was difficult to tell the difference between his male and female narrations.I probably wouldn't read this author again, although he is indisputably talented, and it is even riveting, in a somewhat zig-zag manner. It is too difficult to relate to a story where there is no "control", no protagonist with whom you can relate. Everyone seems very over the top.

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    JRM 09-27-12
    JRM 09-27-12 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Wait, what?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a good book at an excellent price. It's a shame the ending was ridiculous.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

    If he's written other mysteries, I would give at least one of them a shot.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Benjamin's voice came across as terribly annoying. Benjamin himself was terribly annoying, but the author couldn't pull off the stupid teen angst angle.


    Did The Hypnotist inspire you to do anything?

    I sent a copy to my friend.


    Any additional comments?

    The first three quarters of the book was terrific. Great murders, great twists. Not enough detail on the main character's marriage problems, his relationship with his Father in law, or how things would work out for the family. The ending is not believable or satisfying. You have been warned!

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    MazzanoBlue 08-12-12
    MazzanoBlue 08-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Swedish version of "Pulp Fiction""

    This story had a "map" and then the window was rolled down and out it went! While I love good twists and turns in my mysteries - I don't like being 180'ed during a tense portion of the story. Present, Past, present, side story, Pokemon characters. Blood, guts, drugs, lots of cursing and crazy on crazy and more.

    This reminded me of a Swedish version of Pulp Fiction. Too bad there wasn't a dance scene with Travolta and Thurman.

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    Roger Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-19-12
    Roger Brooklyn, NY, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.

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    "Another psycho twisty mystery"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like mysteries, absolutely check out the unique voice and the encrypted mystery/events at the heart of this chilling detective story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, it kept unfolding into new areas of discovery, so you could never predict the direction of the next surprise.


    What three words best describe Mark Bramhall’s voice?

    steady, raspy, quality


    Could you see The Hypnotist being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not sure about this...


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    Linnea Carlson-Sabelli Chicago, IL USA 01-01-12
    Linnea Carlson-Sabelli Chicago, IL USA 01-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow. What a read!"

    This is one of the best horrer mystery stories I have ever read. It involves a psychiatric hypnotist and his family . It unfolds creating great curiosity about what could possibly happen next. The characters are very vivid and the action supurb. This will go on my "read again" list.

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    Dundas Malibu, CA, United States 12-04-11
    Dundas Malibu, CA, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't finish this book."

    I couldn't finish this book. The main characters are mawkishly drawn, oozing feeling that doesn't cohere or compute. The big flashback seemed structurally maladroit, and that's where I checked out. The detective is worth following, but the story loses him while the others whine endlessly and fecklessly.

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    Ellen Boone, NC, United States 11-28-11
    Ellen Boone, NC, United States 11-28-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy and unsatisfying"

    I found all the characters in this mystery to be flat and unlikeable and the storyline unrealistic and unnecessarily yucky. It seems to be one of those mysteries written with the movie screen in mind; who knows, it might make a better film than a book if the actors could make the characters come to life a little.

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    darswords Reno, NV, United States 11-12-11
    darswords Reno, NV, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010

    Dar

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    "GRIPPING!"

    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!

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    Wendi Fresno, CA, United States 10-23-11
    Wendi Fresno, CA, United States 10-23-11
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    "Heart-pounding thrills"

    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.

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