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The Hypnotist [Hardcover]

Lars Kepler
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Book Description

July 5 2011
Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all of 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 an intended victim -- 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 one hundred 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.

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'The thriller that's taking Europe by storm!ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness. It's stunning.' DAILY MAIL 'All the hallmarks of a classic!Tense, clever and multilayered!this is crime writing at its most devilishly involving.' MARIE CLAIRE 'If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalise the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case!it's a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.' FINANCIAL TIMES 'A genuine chiller!commanding and deeply scarifying stuff.' THE INDEPENDENT 'A rollercoaster ride of a thriller full of striking twists.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Riddled with irresistible, nail-biting suspense, this first-class Scandinavian thriller is one of the best I've ever read.' AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY 'An horrific and original read.' THE SUN --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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LARS KEPLER is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, but in a boring sort of way Nov. 8 2011
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast read for a rainy day Oct. 18 2011
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Dissappointing Aug. 5 2011
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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Stieg Larson Aug. 22 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.... Sept. 20 2013
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Writer with Empty Thoughts Aug. 18 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars good thriller Aug. 14 2013
By Lynne Frappier TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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1.0 out of 5 stars not my style
I found the drama wild and the violence strong. Unfortunately not my style although I was compelled to see it through to the end.
Published 14 days ago by Maureen
3.0 out of 5 stars suspense
An enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series by writer Lars Kepler. That's all.
Published 26 days ago by Linda Theriault
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend this, don't understand why my friend liked it.
I thought this was a very strange story and had far too much profanity, maybe loses something in translation but I would not recommend it at all.
Published 14 months ago by f carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Wow. Wow. Wow. Fantabulantanticous!!! First book in a new Swedish detective crime series has all the ingredients for a major high stakes serial killer thriller mystery story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great
Book 1, in the Joona Linna series

This novel has a special and interesting story and start with a bang with the brutal murder a family stabbed to death in a Stockholm... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Toni Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable even if a bit predictable
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Overall I really enjoyed this book for what it was; a good crime drama story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by book junkie
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite
The fact that this book has been compared to Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy gives it an unfair disadvantage. It doesn't really compare to Larsson's stuff. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2012 by Jubejube
1.0 out of 5 stars Comparing this book to Stieg Larsson is an insult.
I highly agree with all the other critics. Instead of putting the book down halfway through, I continued to read because I was curious as to how it was going to end, not because I... Read more
Published on May 18 2012 by Jaclyn W.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pretender to the Millennium Trilogy
This is a murder-horror novel that starts with all the promising discipline and gusto of Stieg Larsson or Kurt Wallander thriller and slowly wends its torturous way through a... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2012 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just another Swedish thriller
Ever since the success of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, American publishing houses have been mining the somewhat surprisingly... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2012 by Andre Farant
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