A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction book for 2011
One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011
Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spell
In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there's only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he's suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: 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 has 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.
An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever it's been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it's America's turn. Combining the addictive power of the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.
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A well-integrated subplot involving a gang of terrifying boys and girls adds to the suspense. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Kepler tells the story from many different viewpoints...This approach helps the author build suspense.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
If THE HYPNOTIST doesn't find its way onto every reader's "Best Of" list by the end of the year, it will only be because not everyone read it.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
...The Hypnotist is hardly groundbreaking — is there a cheaper shortcut to suspense than putting children in harm's way?...Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
It's movie ready with short chapters, vivid characters and enough twists and turns to keep pages turning.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
If it weren’t for all the sex, violence, and foul language, “The Hypnotist” could have joined the proud ranks of novels...Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
For all the gore, the novel is primarily a psychological tale, full of twists and turns, and profoundly realistic.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
Nordic crime novels are all the rage now, but The Hypnotist is a really poor example of such.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
"The Hypnotist" is great crime fiction. The plot moved quickly with lots of twists and turns while the characters are well developed and the setting is as cold as the crime.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
...some of it just didn’t keep me entranced. I must admit that at times I found it to be an effort to pick up the book and keep reading...Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
Two themes running through the novel make it more than just about its plot.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
The elements of suspense and thrill were there throughout the book and might I add that it was cleverly done as well.Read Full Review of The Hypnotist: A Novel
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