The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
A Novel

65%

14 Critic Reviews

...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...
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Lars Kepler

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Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Sarah Crichton Books. 514 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for The Hypnotist
All: 14 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Good

...Kepler’s book makes for a satisfying and scary testimonial.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 30 2011

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.

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WSJ online

Good
on Jul 09 2011

"The Hypnotist"...is smartly constructed. The long and complex story is told in short chapters offering shifting third-person points of view

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Examiner

Above average
on Aug 26 2011

Kepler tells the story from many different viewpoints...This approach helps the author build suspense.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jul 03 2011

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.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Jun 22 2011

...The Hypnotist
 is hardly groundbreaking — is there a cheaper shortcut to suspense than putting children in harm's way?...

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Huffington Post

Good

It's movie ready with short chapters, vivid characters and enough twists and turns to keep pages turning.

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Deseret News

Below average
on Jul 02 2011

If it weren’t for all the sex, violence, and foul language, “The Hypnotist” could have joined the proud ranks of novels...

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Macleans

Good
on Jul 19 2011

For all the gore, the novel is primarily a psychological tale, full of twists and turns, and profoundly realistic.

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Mysterious Reviews

Below average

Nordic crime novels are all the rage now, but The Hypnotist is a really poor example of such.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent

"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.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Below average
on Aug 10 2011

...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...

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DNA

Good
on Jan 01 2012

Two themes running through the novel make it more than just about its plot.

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BookRack

Good
on Feb 21 2012

The elements of suspense and thrill were there throughout the book and might I add that it was cleverly done as well.

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