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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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    Terry 10-22-11
    Terry 10-22-11 Member Since 2011

    Retired autoworker, and photographer! Started to listen to audio books, when I developed cataracts, and never stopped! Love the listen!

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    "tedious listening"

    The idea of using a hypnotist to assist in solving a murder is a great idea for a mystery but the narrator has a very monotone voice that puts me to sleep. Plus the story isn't told in a chronological method so at times it is confusing. I often have to go back and listen to a chapter over again. I probably would not purchase another book by this author. I am still trying to get through it.

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    Carol Chapel Hill, NC, United States 09-27-11
    Carol Chapel Hill, NC, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Riveting Psychological Character-Built Thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hypnotist the most enjoyable?

    The characters come to life immediately. There is no over-writing here. No extra words. It is as spare as the Scandinavian landscape, but rich in emotion. And the narration is perfect, foreboding and sonorous with all of the characters easily distinguished just by the tone of voice. Bramhall's voice is deep as the ocean, actually the perfect voice for a hypnotist, calm and reassuring which is especially effective given the bizarre turns of plot, and in fact this book is mesmerizing. You will be hypnotized along with the patients. Also Bramhall pauses at all the right moments. You don't have to scroll back to figure out what's going on, you know what's going on, and yet each moment is completely new and unpredictable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hypnotist?

    There are almost too many to choose from, but I would say that the group therapy session the hypnotist conducts with his patients was one of the scariest scenes I have ever come across in a book--and this wasn't even the climax! If you ever thought about becoming a therapist, this scene would make you very glad you chose a different path. At this point, you start to realize what this poor therapist has gotten himself into.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    I loved all of the patients -- they are so absolutely nutty that they're both scary and funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, I had to discipline myself. I listen to books while working out and i lost a lot of weight during this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Best book I've listened to since Stieg Larson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Like Mikhail, the journalist in that book, the hypnotist here is the only person looking for the truth and the only one capable of finding it. Just when you think things couldn't get any worse, they get worse. Delicious!

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    Daryl United States 09-20-11
    Daryl United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2012
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    "don't recommend"

    The author has a sordid imagination: preoccupation with violent murder, sexual abuse.

    Life is too short to fill your mind with this.

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    S. 08-21-11
    S. 08-21-11 Member Since 2007
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    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.

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    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 08-04-11
    Diane Louisville, KY, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Intriguing premise, mediocre execution"

    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

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    Thomas J. Hart Bethesda, MD, US 08-03-11
    Thomas J. Hart Bethesda, MD, US 08-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Highly contrived plotlines; lots of psychobable"

    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.

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    D. DeVries Arizona 07-28-11
    D. DeVries Arizona 07-28-11 Member Since 2013

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    "good mystery"

    Good fast paced mystery, great audio book with the many short chapter going back to 'review'

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    Librarian OK, USA 04-20-13
    Librarian OK, USA 04-20-13

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "A Too Dark, Too Graphic, Swedish murder mystery!"

    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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