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The Hypnotist by [Kepler, Lars]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews

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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

Review

‘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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1496 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VM6494
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,006 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
7/10
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'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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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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Overblown grand guignol, far too loosely plotted and with badly drawn characters. Fashionable "issues" thrown in to convince reviewers that it's saying something important; it isn't. Leaves an overwhelming impression of a literary couple (as the writers apparently are) who realized they weren't making enough out of their good stuff so analysed all the cliches which infest bestsellers and mixed them up to create this. Pity.
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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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