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)
The author has a sordid imagination: preoccupation with violent murder, sexual abuse.
Life is too short to fill your mind with this.
I simply could not finish the book - I made it to Chapter 36 and pulled the plub. There isn't a character to care about (good or bad), the writing is mediocre, the pace is like watching paint dry, and while I have enjoyed this performer's work previously ("DOC" is fantastic), even he can't save this book.
The mystery thrillers I like usually have an underlying psychological drama, so I thought this book would be right up my alley. While it generally held my interest, the book had so many implausibilities, logical inconsistencies and dropped plot lines that it was ultimately quite unsatisfying. Despite what a number of critics have said, I felt the dual authorship lent a choppy character to certain parts of the book. For example, the book's two explicit sex scenes seem to be thrown in for people who expect that sort of thing in a book such as this--and one of them seems more than a bit implausible, at least from a mother's point of view. It also gives a misleading and overly simplistic portrayal of how hypnosis works and what its potential value (or lack thereof) might be to criminal investigations
I really wanted to like this book. But, about two-thirds through I started getting really angry. The plot line is incredibly contrived. Almost nothing about it seemed remotely probable. Enormous amounts of psycoboble. The characters are not likable. The author puts them in jeopardy (of one sort or another) over and over again; in each instance they respond in the dumbest manner. I "read" it all the way through just becasue I wanted to find out how it ended. I wish I hadn't bothered.
Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.
Hailed by reviewers as the like of Larsson, Nesbo, and Mankel, I found Kepler much more graphic, explicit, and depressing in Scandinavia setting & Nordic dark irrational crime. Scenes are described in matter-of-fact phrases even when describing horrific mayhem, child abuse, incest, graphic sex, and adultery. I found the descriptions too disturbing.
The story is a complex plot shifting from 3rd to 1st person narration and forward and backward in time. The narrator Bramhall helps keep the number of characters straight and is a good voice for Keplar's book.
The violence and details are too much for me. I prefer buying another Jussi Adler-Olsen mystery.
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