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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • LeaAnnW
  • MYRTLE BEACH, SC, United States
  • 04-24-16

Edge of my seat!

The story was exciting, the characters well developed and it creeped me out several times. Can't wait to read other books by this author. Narrator did wonderful job! The names and places were Swedish, Finnish, etc... But the story translates to any language!

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Good Story, Amazing Narrator

This was an interesting story. A psychological thriller. Dark. A little bit of everything. I found some of the dialogue sort of simpering...hard to believe that reasonable adults would be so wimpy and even predictable...so some of the dialogue was a bit hard to take.

HOWEVER, Mark Bramhall is an amazing narrator. My favorites are usually George Guidall and Will Patton. But, just based on this performance, I'd have to say that he belongs in a similar category. An incredible mastery of dialects and characterizations. I definitely want to hear more of his work.

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Startling!

There are several detailed plots with interesting, unusual characters. Each plot could be a standalone book, but the author has skillfully entertwined them to a startling end.

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A real thriller

An excellent book if u seek to be thrilled. Bramhall's voice reading this novel makes it even better.

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Optional

It was engaging as most mystery novels are. The background on the hypnotist's history from 10 years ago seemed to drag on forever.

Also it seems the story line jumps back and forward in time inconsistently and made me rewind to make sure nothing was wrong with my phone.

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  • Jennifer
  • Etobicoke, ON, Canada
  • 12-31-14

A thrilling novel!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if you love thrillers and mysteries I'd recommend this book.

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

Yes the plot kept me on edge wondering how the story would turn out.

What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

Great voice

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The story ideas were very freaky. I couldn't stop thinking about what was happening.

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Wonderful!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was really a great story. Well-written and satisfying.

What did you like best about this story?

Mr. Kepler is great about building the story from beginning to end. The end was actually an end - I love that!

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

The longsuffering hypnotist himself. Persecuted by everyone and hanging on.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

What the book made me do is listen to it from beginning to end. I never do that. I just HAD to know what happened. I only put it up when I was forced to do other things. The ending was very satisfactory. I hate it when they leave me hanging - no hanging here!

Any additional comments?

I could have done without the sex scenes. Seems like they were stuck in there in a movie script sort of way. Felt gratuitous and unnecessary. The semi-rape scene in particular, while maybe serving a (vague) purpose to the story, was very praying mantis-y and kind of gross.

I just found out that "Lars Kepler" is a husband and wife team. I hope they continue to write fiction. This book was so good!

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Great Listen!

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Listening to Mark read the book is one of the best parts of the book! His accent is perfect and listening to him pronounce all of the Swedish places and names is one of the best parts of the book! I hope he narrates the next one -- I can't wait for it to come out!

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Outstanding

Wow. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. This is one of the best books I've heard on Audible. Plenty of suspense, twists and turns, plots and subplots. Gripping story, told wonderfully by the author. This is a very talented author. I can't wait to see if his other books are as good. Narrator gave a solid performance and definitely did not distract from the story at all.

If you like detective stories, this one will not disappoint.

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  • Sara
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 12-05-13

Maggie's Mom

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Felt incredibly drawn out. While Steig Larson's trilogy story length served to deliver much coveted nuance, here it felt forced and frankly boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

no

What didn’t you like about Mark Bramhall’s performance?

he was fine

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

Lars Kepler either doesn't like women or understand them. At every turn, the women in this book were portrayed as unlikeable and one-dimensional. I can't believe i have to say this in 2013. Very sad and incredibly disappointing.