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  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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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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  • Suspense for suspense's sake

  • By Watson on 07-09-11

Is it over yet?

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Reviewed: 11-12-13

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This is not a genre I would typically read, but it was for book club, so I had to do it. I listened to it at work. After the first day, I was riveted. Thrills, suspense, twists - I couldn't wait to read more. But then it went downhill. Somehow in my half hour commute home and back to work the next day, it became confusing, frustrating, and downright stupid at times. My coworkers were laughing at my "Oh, come ON, really?" comments. I had to stop to tell them each ridiculous plot point just to have someone with whom to commiserate. I was literally counting down until the end.

This was a long and drawn out story for the narrator. He did a decent job, though I couldn't help thinking of Dragnet every time the detective character spoke.

I don't know if this is a typical mystery novel, but it certainly gave me a bad impression. I won't be reading another unless I have to.