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The Hypnotist [Kindle Edition]

Lars Kepler
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

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Read the number one Scandinavian crime bestseller taking the world by storm

Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.

Detective Inspector Joona Linna is faced with a boy who witnessed the gruesome murder of his family. He’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and is comatose with shock.

Linna’s running out of time. The killer’s on the run and, seemingly, there are no clues. Desperate for information, Linna enlists disgraced specialist Dr Erik Maria Bark, a hypnotist who vowed never to practice again.

As the hypnosis begins, a long and terrifying chain of events unfurls with reverberations far beyond Linna’s case.


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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

‘One of the best - if not the best - Scandinavian crime thrillers I’ve read.’ RED

‘All the hallmarks of a classic…a brutal crime, a missing child and an irresistible detective. 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.’ FINANCIAL TIMES

‘A genuine chiller…commanding and deeply scarifying stuff.’ INDEPENDENT

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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


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0771095724
  • Publisher: Blue Door (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VM6494
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril & Alexander Ahndoril, both critically-acclaimed writers under their own names. Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril's first novel Stjärneborg (Castle of Stars) has been translated in several languages while Alexander Ahndoril's novel The Director, about Ingmar Bergman, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They live in Sweden.The Hypnotist is the first in a series featuring Detective Inspector Joona Linna.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Hypnotist is a cut above the average pulp thriller but it's not as intellectually or emotionally satisfying as some of the great Scandinavian noir of late -- fans of Larsson, Nesbo, Indridasson and Fossum will find it lacking in cohesion. It also loses that special Nordic form of underlying tension and uncertainty which usually informs the genre; it's there at the beginning, but before long the story has slumped into a rather mundane domestic dispute and an unlikely investigation into a missing child.
That's a shame because the opening chapters and back story of the key character, the hypnotist, are fascinating and hold a lot of promise. But then that strand becomes swamped by a rather more dry police procedural. The result was an interesting novel, but not one which I would want to read again to re-live the experience. The detective didn't feel like a fully realised character to me, so if he is to be the central point of a whole series of books then he would need to be rather better defined -- his flashes of inspiration and unruly nature need to be better explored to make him compelling.
I'd grab this to read if stuck for a few hours, but wouldn't choose another book by the author if I could pick up something by Fred Vargas or Ake Edwardsson instead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This was an interesting adventure which starts off with the brutal murder of a family. However, it soon branches into another crime story. As a reader I'm waiting to find out how the second is connected to the first. But the two stories only appear to be connected through the hypnotist performing hypnosis. The characters are well drawn and there's a secret in the hypnotist's past so he promised never to perform hypnosis again. He's portrayed as a fairly flawed character unable to cope with life without daily amounts of pill popping. His relationship with his wife is very shaky. She isn't drawn as fully and half way through the story a relationship pops up for her that seems quite out of keeping with the story so far. Also the sexual scenes seem gratuitous within the story. The story is fast paced and page turning, however, and I enjoyed it but I was waiting for a connection between the two crime stories that wasn't there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I was utterly gripped by the first half of this book, but gradually found myself wondering whether I could be bothered seeing it through to the end.

As it stands, what could have been brilliant turned out just ok. The book seemed to start off as one story, dilute into several, none of which seemed to come to a satisfactory conclusion, and then end with a very 'seen it a million times before' finale. But it does provide an interesting and realistic image of Sweden, both the positive and the negative sides. You can almost smell the coffee and herrings!

I would also ask that publishers invest a bit more in translation. The English in this one is better than for some Swedish novels, but is still a mixture of UK and US English. This is probably a way of keeping costs down, but it is irritating. One minute people are ringing each other on their mobiles whilst driving on the motorway, next minute they're calling on their cells from the freeway. Same applies for police officer ranks. It would make a lot more sense if they used terms such as DC/DS/PC etc, which UK readers are familiar with, and their US equivalents for the US market.

All in all, this novel was ok, but I wouldn't read it again, recommend it to anyone else, or buy another by the same author.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, entertaining thriller 26 April 2011
By H. Eaton VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
'The Hypnotist' is a highly entertaining, gripping thriller, full of twists, turns and blind alleys, keeping you guessing right to the end. The writing is very accessible and brings the story to life in a very visual way - it's easy to imagine what the film of the book would be like.

The story is about a hypnotist, Erik Maria Bark, who hasn't practised his craft for over 10 years. He is called in to help with a case of a boy found badly injured but alive in his family home, after the rest of his family has been brutally murdered. Erik is pressurised into hypnotising the boy to see if he can remember anything which will help the police to find the killer. This foray back into practising hypnosis sets off a chain of events which involves the rest of his family and which forces him to re-examine his past and the reasons why he had to stop being a hypnotist.

I was worried that the book would wildly dramatise hypnosis as a magical, black art. It does misrepresent it to some degree, but I forced myself to accept this as a literary device so if you're like me and find the hypnotism angle off-putting, try to look at it that way!

I was frustrated with some aspects of the novel - for example there are aspects of the story that are not properly resolved and, to me, it felt as though the authors lost interest with the first part of the story and were keen to move on to the next! In parts it felt disjointed - at the beginning we get chapters devoted to different characters' take on the same time period, but this device isn't employed further into the book and I found that a bit odd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy! This book took up all my day (and ...
Creepy! This book took up all my day (and night!) it was so engrossing. Even though at the ending I thought I knew what was coming, it really is the fast paced tempo of the book... Read more
Published 1 day ago by monki
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A real page turner with lots of twists and turns cannot wait for next book lars Kepler is a fantastic story teller.
Published 10 days ago by hcurtis55
3.0 out of 5 stars Great conclusion, though struggles to maintain suspense throughout
Detectives investigating a grisly massacre of a family with only one loan survivor, the eldest child, employ the services of a disgraced hypnotist to plunge the depths of the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lark
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Excellent book!!! Couldn't put it down!!
Published 17 days ago by Elainey
3.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance is required but makes it worth the read
Although the title alludes to the book being about a hypnotist, it's actually one of a few based around a dectective. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lyndsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant writer
Published 1 month ago by chris harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not his best but still a good read
Published 2 months ago by colin helsby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book from this duo
Great writing duo
Published 3 months ago by C. Corbett
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story
Very good plot, original and keeps you hooked from the first page!
Published 3 months ago by Marco Dall'Omo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT BOOK
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