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)
Definitely. Although being American it was difficult to adjust to all the names, the book completely held my attention
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.
Who needs the mall?
Yes. It was a good book at an excellent price. It's a shame the ending was ridiculous.
If he's written other mysteries, I would give at least one of them a shot.
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.
I sent a copy to my friend.
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!
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.
I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.
If you like mysteries, absolutely check out the unique voice and the encrypted mystery/events at the heart of this chilling detective story.
Yes, it kept unfolding into new areas of discovery, so you could never predict the direction of the next surprise.
steady, raspy, quality
Not sure about this...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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