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Publisher's Summary

Your mind is his playground.

A gruesome triple homicide. There’s only one surviving witness - the boy whose family was killed before his eyes...and he can’t remember what happened. 

The police are desperate for information. Detective Joona Linna enlists the help of hypnotist Erik Maria Bark. But when Bark unlocks the secrets in the boy’s memory, he triggers a terrifying chain of events that will put all their lives in jeopardy. 

©2018 Lars Kepler (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night.” (NPR)

 “Compellingly grisly.” (Vogue

“A gripping series of twists and turns... .A natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series.” (Parade)

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Gripping and mysterious!

I've read a lot of crime drama novels and this is definitely one of my favorites! I'm also picky about the narrators voice when it comes to audiobooks. This narrators voice didn't annoy me like some do. He did an excellent job with his acting and expressions. I could really imagine the scenes and characters clearly in my head as I listened. if you like Jo Nesbo, Henning Georg Mankell or Stieg Larson you will love his!

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Good story

We’ve been audible members for 18 years so this isn’t our first audio book.

The author does a good job of telling the story. It’s the story. There are ways to give you the sense of violence without dragging it out. We bought the book to hear an intelligent mystery novel.

The narrator was excellent. Carried the accents well enough that we would look for him as a narrator again.

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Storyline was lacking

The Hypnotist could have been a fantastic story. I'm aware it was a really long book, however, it FELT like a really long book. It was like multiple books inside one, there is almost 3 storylines going on and I'm not sure it worked for me. I kept listening and I liked the story but there was just so much extra that didn't feel necessary and for me that was the issue. Also, I felt like the husband and wife had the worst communication that I have ever seen. I have no idea how their relationship continued as it was and how they never talk to each other throughout the book. It all felt off, wrong.

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Suspenseful!

The Lars Kepler team is so good. I can hardly put their books down. This one was, as always, a good read BUT anytime I’m reading and come across child abuse I have a hard time. Wish they’d stay away from that topic, but it is out there, unfortunately. Overall though I would recommend this book.

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Waaaaaaay too Long

I really wanted to hang in there but gave up at chapter 83. It dragged on and on. Could've shaved over an hour or 2 off the book. I'm not giving up though. I do like this this team of Authors and Love the Narrator, have several books spoken by him

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Excellent dark drama

This compelling, and often creepy, story is full of suspense and twists as each chapter unfolds! Could not put it down.

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Tee-Dee-Us

Is it me or was this book way longer than it needed to be? The story had a promising start, the narrator was fine. I managed to finish it...surviving a convoluted plot, bizarre twists, plodding flashbacks and a chapter with an odd switch from third to first person POV. The characters were loose sketches, but the dialogue did help me rank the least likeable among them. (Did anyone not find Simone unpleasant and annoying?) I'm less harsh than I'd be otherwise because of my more positive experiences with Lars Kepler crime fiction. For anyone wanting to wade into the Joona Linna series, sorry but I don't suggest beginning with this one.

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All over the place

This book could have used a better editor. I don’t know if this author was a big deal when this came out, and so editors are less precise, but there were some odd repetitions of sentences that made no sense (eg. Characters saying the same thing with slightly different wording as if they hadn’t just said it), the plot turns are driven by easily avoidable situations (eg. Plot driven by poor character decisions that no one would make), the second half feels like different book, such that the entire book feels like two books that were glued together. That and the fact that hypnosis doesn’t work the way the writer requires it to work made the book frustrating.

The reader was excellent!

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Too many time jumps and different storylines. I couldn't keep track of what was happening. I won't read this author again.

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Plot was all over the place

plot was all over the place. starts with one story.... slowly at that just to move to something else just to move back and then to something else.