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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First English Edition edition (July 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771095724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771095726
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Klima on Nov. 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had my hopes up for this book and was disappointed. The characters and descriptions are simple enough that they offer no challenge, which is the case when you are tired or on a bus ride and want to read mindless junk.

However, as the story progresses there are a series of gratuitously nasty incidents with violent children running amok, domestic battles of an emotional sort, work-related betrayals, and so on.

There is far too much trite negativity in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kadi Kaljuste on Oct. 18 2011
Format: Hardcover
Not a great book but certainly a page-turner. If you're squeamish, think twice about reading it - there are a lot of very gruesome scenes. If you loved the Millenium Trilogy as much as I did, you'll be disappointed. The characters are nowhere near as interesting or well developed nor is the story as detailed and interesting.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By VitaminB on Aug. 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was a big fan of the Millennium Trilogy (Stieg Larsson) when they came out, so the tagline "The next Stieg Larsson" intrigued me. Perhaps I wouldn't have expected anything from the book if it didn't have that tagline, but then again, I probably wouldn't have bought it. As it is, I regret buying this book.

The story itself wasn't terrible, but it was the characters that were not just entirely forgettable, but also irrational. It appears as if the author(s) tried to make the characters deep, and emotionally flawed, but instead they come out as campy, two dimensional caricatures.

I donated this book to the public library after reading it, because I would be embarrassed to recommend it to a friend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thom Jaskula on Sept. 27 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bad translation, bad style, bad character development, bad dialogue... bad, bad, bad... avoid this one like the plague... Unfortunately I have to give this book one star or it won't let me publish my review...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By reuben poupko on Aug. 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ever since my first introduction to Swedish mystery writers I have been captivated by their genre. I have read the entire Wallander series and loved them. The Hypnotist is a disappointing read. There are too many crime scenes going on simultaneously and none of them are resolved in a gripping manner. I found the novel tedious, chapters too short and no depth of character.
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By Amazon Customer on Sept. 20 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I quite like that book - and will definitely continue with this series. This being said, the psychology used in the book, the character development and the description of the scenes are quite powerful and the book absorb the reader... A welcome new way of doing mystery!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The structure was good but the characters and their hang ups not credible. Some of the action scenes were outrageous, like one of the Die Hard series.
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By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 14 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. A fast paced thriller - the back jacket overview is almost deceiving: a multiple murder with only one survivor. Sweden's number one detective Joona Linna decides to have the victim hypnotised in order to find out what happened. From that event a whole other storyline is revelled, one that keeps you on your toes. The reason I really enjoyed this book also is that it's told by multiple characters focused: the narration changes; each person fills in the blanks and moves the story forward. Without giving too much away ... this book keeps you guessing until the end.
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