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The Hypnotist [Read] ➳ The Hypnotist By Lars Kepler – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spellIn the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the mur Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spellIn 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 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 eyesIt 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 unfurlAn 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.

    Load results Apple Footer Apple Support 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."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 503 pages
  • The Hypnotist
  • Lars Kepler
  • English
  • 28 April 2019
  • 0374173958

About the Author: Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, authors of the No internationally bestselling Joona Linna series With seven installments to date, the series has sold million copies in languages The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels.



10 thoughts on “The Hypnotist

  1. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 76% Good NotesSpends a lot of time building up elaborate red herrings successor developments being progressively less compelling.

  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    I wish someone would hypnotize me and erase the memory of reading this book.OK, it isn t that bad from a writing standpoint and basic premise, but it had a lot of buzz that I didn t think it came close to living up to Slapping that The Next Stieg Larsson label on any new Swedish thriller is probably automatic at this point, but it sets up a reader up for disappointment when there s no character anywhere near as interesting as Lisbeth Salander around Extra disappointing when most of the cha I wish someone would hypnotize me and erase the memory of reading this book.OK, it isn t that bad from a writing standpoint and basic premise, but it had a lot of buzz that I didn t think it came close to living up to Slapping that The Next Stieg Larsson label on any new Swedish thriller is probably automatic at this point, but it sets up a reader up for disappointment when there s no character anywhere near as interesting as Lisbeth Salander around Extra disappointing when most of the characters are so unlikable that you start rooting for the serial killer Throw in a plot that disregards logic whenever it s convenient to try and introduce some tension into a story, and this ended up as a thriller that wasted a pretty decent set up Lars Kepler is actually a pseudonym for a husband wife writing team.Erik Maria Bark used to be a psychiatrist who was considered one of the best hypnotists in Sweden, but he no longer practices hypnotism and now works as a medical doctor Erik is called to the hospital in the middle of the night by police detective Joona Linna to examine a teenage boy who has been repeatedly stabbed and was found at a crime scene where most of his family was brutally murdered Linna believes that the boy s missing sister may also be in danger, but he s too badly injured to question via normal methods so Linna wants Bark to hypnotize him Bark initially refuses, but eventually he decides to put the boy under and try to get critical information about the crime and the location of the sister The shocking revelations that come out while the boy is hypnotized lead to a series of events that threaten Bark and his family This pushes the strained marriage of Bark and his wife Simone to the breaking point and also further alienates their son Benjamin who suffers from a rare blood disease.Crime thrillers and realistic police procedures don t always mix, but they should usually have at least a nodding acquaintance Not so much here For example, Linna immediately decides that the only way to find the missing sister is to hypnotize the injured boy even though he s half dead Uh.as I understand it, the police usually have other resources to call on when they look for people other than browbeating former hypnotists into putting the whammy on critically injured patients Later on the police have good reason to think that Bark is in danger, but he s turned off his phone Linna just leaves him a series of voice mails instead of sending cops to his house to check up on him Ah, fuck it I m sure he ll be fine Why bother wasting gas to look in on him There s an evenbaffling piece view spoiler After Bark s son is kidnapped from his home and his wife is drugged, the cops are only interested when they think the escaped killer may be involved But they never send the forensic techs to the house or interview Simone Later after they ve decided the killer wasn t involved, Erik basically has to beg Linna to get involved in the search for his son because they act like Benjamin just ran away even though Simone witnessed him being taken from the house, and they have lab tests showing that a powerful drug was used on her So I guess the Swedish cops just don t get that excited about teenage boys getting taken out of their beds Unless they think a mass murderer was the kidnapper Ah, even then they won t get that excited about it and put the kid s picture on TV or anything like that.Oh, and I guess it s also common police procedure to let the parents of kidnapped children just run around with the cops while they interview people and look for clues No chance that anything bad could happen with that like running into a serial killer in a creepy basement or finding a grave that sends them into a panic when they think it s their kid Wait That s exactly what does happen Well, shit, it s not like the cops are doing much unless Erik or Simone basically drag them someplace to look into any leads anyhow hide spoiler The plot takes a weird twist halfway through that doesn t end up going anywhere close to where it seems like it would originally Ordinarily, I d say that s a good thing, but the first half of the book sets you up to think one thing, and then there s a new development completely out of left field It doesn t feel organic or earned, it just feels like a cheat.Even worse than the logic gaps and bullshit plot twists are the characters Linna isn t too bad, just kind of a bland stubborn cop Bark comes across as kind of an oblivious arrogant ass with a pill addiction who will instantly dismiss his wife s claims that someone was in their apartment the previous night when he was too whacked on drugs to know if a marching band had walked through The kid Benjamin also seems like kind of whiney little prick, but at least he has excuses like asshole parents and a blood disease.Worst of all is Simone She s generally shrill, hysterical, stupid and overall just kind of a bitch Bark had a brief affair ten years before, and she never really forgave him for it When he is called out in the middle of the night by Linna at the beginning of the book, she gets instantly suspicious even though Bark is a doctor who works at an emergency room A cell phone mix up makes her think that he is cheating on her again, and she begins hurling accusations at Bark without ever once explaining why This is the kind of shit I hate in stories because it s manufactured drama that could have easily been solved with a rational five minute conversation, but instead becomes a continuing point of tension because Simone would rather pitch a fit than explain anything Simone commits even worse offenses view spoiler After Benjamin is kidnapped, Bark is trying to calm her down so they can start working with the police Instead, Simone launches into another round of accusations that Erik is cheating on her and drives him out of the house by insisting on calling her father, a retired cop who hates Erik Then, she proceeds to tell everyone that asks about her son that she and Erik are separated , as if they re just having marital problems and their only son hasn t been kidnapped And then, Miss I Know You re Having An Affair takes time out for the hunt for her son to pop down to her gallery and start sleeping with an artist she s been working with It s presented as some kind of desperation to escape her problems, but I can t feel bad for this nutjob who has spent half the book screaming at her husband about his imagined infidelity and then decides to start boinking someone else while her kid is missing Jesus wept, but I hated this woman It would have been one thing if this was some kind of realistic character based story about the impact of a child abduction on a shaky marriage, but this is most certainly a schlock crime thriller so it just comes across as fucked up on epic scale hide spoiler All in all, this seems like a couple of Swedish writers looking to hop on the Stieg Larsson gravy train came up a couple of decent ideas, but then botched it by trying to get too cute with their plot and making their main characters self absorbed asshats

  3. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    They d thought he was dead when they found him among the other bodies in the terraced house He d lost a great deal of blood, gone into a state of shock, and hadn t regained consciousness until seven hours later He was the only surviving witness Detective Joona Linna was certain that the boy would be able to provide valuable information, possibly even identify the killerBut if the other circumstances had not been so exceptional, it would never even have occurred to anyone to turn to a hypnoti They d thought he was dead when they found him among the other bodies in the terraced house He d lost a great deal of blood, gone into a state of shock, and hadn t regained consciousness until seven hours later He was the only surviving witness Detective Joona Linna was certain that the boy would be able to provide valuable information, possibly even identify the killerBut if the other circumstances had not been so exceptional, it would never even have occurred to anyone to turn to a hypnotist Erik Maria Bark has seen his career go up in flames His relationship with his son is changing and not for the better His relationship with his wife is on life support To cope with all of this, he is taking too many legally prescribed drugs When Detective Joona Linna calls him and wants him to hypnotize the one remaining witness in the bloody carnage that happened at the Ek home, his first response is to say no, not just no, but an emphatic no Josef is suffering fromcuts than can be counted and is floating in a coma Linna needs to know two things where is the older sister Evelyn, and who was the perpetrator Bark made a promise that he would never hypnotise anyone ever again after one of his patients went berserk, blamed him for everything, and turned public opinion against him Hypnotists are seen in the same light as charlatans, clowns, illusionists,and parlor tricksters, so when something goes wrong, people are just confirmed in their natural suspicions of them in the first place The circumstances are dire, and as Joona Linna always says, he is a stubborn man He convinces Erik to use his gifts to find out the truth But the truth is so insidious that even these hardened professionals are shaken Josef had a particular smell about him, a smell of burning rage, of burning chemicals What the hell is going on To add to the already freakish circumstances Benjamin, Erik and Simone s son, is taken from their home Simone enlists the aid of her retired police officer father, Kennet Strang, to help try and find him Is this connected to the Josef Ek case or does this have something to do with a crazy patient from Erik s past The past isn t dead, it isn t even past William FaulknerI m not going to tell you any because this is such a plot based book, but I will say, when I was down to the last 100 pages, I didn t stop until I turned the last page moments before the grandfather clock chimed twelve times I think the biggest issue that readers have with this book is that it was so overhyped before it was released There were all the comparisons to Stieg Larsson and how Lars Kepler was going to be the next biggest thing since the invention of Swedish meatballs For certain readers, this backfires big time By the time they read the book, they almost resent having to read it, and their reactions to the book are colored by those resentments The worst thing you can do is tell someone, emphatically, that they must read a book The blitz of ads was doing just that It is the equivalent of assigning a book to be read in school The second thing is all the subterfuge over who Lars Kepler is People were first pointing the finger at Henning Mankell, which in itself is quite the flattering comparison, but Mankell denied that it was he Lars is in fact these people Aren t they just adorable Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of Swedish husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril The two Alex s Some readers start to get Milli Vanilli vibes Ah yes, we remember those two front men who were faker than Facebook News The Alex s were both writers before they decided to team up to write mysteries, so I think we can safely set that speculation aside You might be curious about the origins of the pseudonym Wikipedia kindly gave me that information Lars is a homage to the Swedish crime fiction author Stieg Larsson as he inspired the duo to start writing crime fiction The name Kepler comes from the German scientist Johannes Kepler 1571 1630 , who solved one of his time s greatest mysteries it was his calculations of the planets orbits that paved the way for Newton s theses about gravity Oh no, not Stieg Larsson again Being compared to Larsson is almost as big a curse as having your book compared to Harry Potter or the The Hunger Games Sigh Don t be manipulated by your own manipulating mind The staccato short chapters drove me bonkers until I adjusted, though other reviewers have said how much they like that writing style It probably does pick up the pace of the reading, but I mof a Victorian reader who doesn t mind nestling down into a chapter for twenty or forty pages or so I do adore Nordic Noir, and this plot ticks all the boxes for hardboiled and grit Detective Joona Linna kind of takes a backseat in this one, but I m looking forward to seeing him move up to the front seat for the next book He is annoyingly good at his job, which to me is also a nice nod to Kurt Wallander If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    I tend to wait until the very last moment, and beyond to give my opinion of a book I absolutely, positively, with every fiber of my being hated this book I can t even remember the main characters names I just known that he was awfully prideful He thought he was an ace investigator Nope, not really He was told he was a great dancer.he agreed I was embarrassed No, this is not a character I would give a hoot about Lars Kepler isn t actually any author that I would care to read anything I tend to wait until the very last moment, and beyond to give my opinion of a book I absolutely, positively, with every fiber of my being hated this book I can t even remember the main characters names I just known that he was awfully prideful He thought he was an ace investigator Nope, not really He was told he was a great dancer.he agreed I was embarrassed No, this is not a character I would give a hoot about Lars Kepler isn t actually any author that I would care to read anything by again I see how some folk may like him, but he s too simplistic Really, just too full of himself

  5. Eric Eric says:

    I really liked this novel, and would have given it four stars if not for three things that irked me about the way it was written.1 The authors this was written by a married couple use the present tense in narration e.g Joona walks into the room and sits down At first, I thought there was a compelling reason for this, but after finishing the book, I can t come up with anything, except perhaps that it was poorly translated into English do Swedish authors normally write in present tense I really liked this novel, and would have given it four stars if not for three things that irked me about the way it was written.1 The authors this was written by a married couple use the present tense in narration e.g Joona walks into the room and sits down At first, I thought there was a compelling reason for this, but after finishing the book, I can t come up with anything, except perhaps that it was poorly translated into English do Swedish authors normally write in present tense I really don t know But it pulled me out of the story a number of times, as I was focusing on the tense instead.2 There were over 100 chapters, which I m totally okay with However, there was a date time stamp header at the beginning of each chapter With an average chapter length of five pages, this was unnecessary, and also pulled me out of the story, as I kept thinking, is it a different day I think it s the same day, but I better flip back a chapter and double check This could have easily been avoided by only putting the header when the date and or time was different than the previous chapter.3 The flashback to the period ten years earlier was awkwardly inserted in the middle of a scene, went on continuously for over 100 pages, and then spit right back out into that same scene A better author would have sprinkled that flashback better over the course of the novel, instead of in a giant information dump.And as for the inevitable comparisons to Stieg Larsson s Millennium trilogy No, this is not a continuation or homage to those works It is likely not in the same class as them either I ll withhold judgement until I see if there isto follow with these characters It is, however, a quality murder mystery with interesting characters written by a Swedish author and set in the same harsh, unforgiving Sweden as the Millennium trilogy

  6. Joe Joe says:

    I suppose I should say this is a spoiler alert Read on at your own risk I continue to be amazed by people s reviews Many most always begin by giving a summation of the plot This is stupid and totally unnecessary People already know what the book is about Personal Reviews should tell what the reader thought This is an amazingly hyped book I would suppose that every publishing company wants to discover the next Steig Larrsen Obviously, Its not that easy First you need to be able to wr I suppose I should say this is a spoiler alert Read on at your own risk I continue to be amazed by people s reviews Many most always begin by giving a summation of the plot This is stupid and totally unnecessary People already know what the book is about Personal Reviews should tell what the reader thought This is an amazingly hyped book I would suppose that every publishing company wants to discover the next Steig Larrsen Obviously, Its not that easy First you need to be able to write well Next you need to be able to create believable characters and give them a substantial plot These writers can t do any of that For a hyped and well reviewed book, this is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read What a scam calling this the next Larssen or anything close

  7. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    This is a very dark, horrific story that ranks high in creepiness Seriously it left me feeling like I needed to take a shower and wash the creep away The cover would have you beleive that it is comparable to Silence of the Lambs or Stieg Larsson s Millenium series but I have to disagree with that Now I love a good mystery, better still if it happens to be a thriller where life and death hang in the balance as they race to find and stop the villian The Hypnotist certainly contains all of thes This is a very dark, horrific story that ranks high in creepiness Seriously it left me feeling like I needed to take a shower and wash the creep away The cover would have you beleive that it is comparable to Silence of the Lambs or Stieg Larsson s Millenium series but I have to disagree with that Now I love a good mystery, better still if it happens to be a thriller where life and death hang in the balance as they race to find and stop the villian The Hypnotist certainly contains all of these elements and , so you might wonder why only 3 stars There are a number of reasons but chief among them The crimes are incredibly brutal and way too graphically detailed..so much so that I felt as though the authors were trying real hard for the shock value Some of these vicious, brutal acts really have nothing to do with the story, which brings me to.There are too many unexplained little events, some of which are quite gruesome, that remain completely unexplained and unresolved and left this reader wondering what they were doing in the story in the first place.Even what starts out as being the crime of focus in this story is left unattended and for me at least, unresolved part way through the book.I could not relate in any way to the relationship between the hypnotist and his wife.I figured out the mystery well before I should have.The story felt choppy and events did not flow very well, especially between the past and the presentDespite all of the above the story was a good one and at least one of the characters was wrought well enough to remember Unfortunately this was not the character that should have tied the whole tale together

  8. Matt Matt says:

    In this debut novel, Lars Kepler lays out the groundwork for a stunning and highly intense thriller A boy is found clinging to life at home with his family slaughtered all around him Detective Joona Linna is called upon to solve the case and becomes convinced that, with a little probing, all can be revealed and the killer caught, as long as the sole witness remembers what he saw Joona turns to hypnosis in order to unlock those horrific memories of the event Calling upon Eric Maria Bark, a ps In this debut novel, Lars Kepler lays out the groundwork for a stunning and highly intense thriller A boy is found clinging to life at home with his family slaughtered all around him Detective Joona Linna is called upon to solve the case and becomes convinced that, with a little probing, all can be revealed and the killer caught, as long as the sole witness remembers what he saw Joona turns to hypnosis in order to unlock those horrific memories of the event Calling upon Eric Maria Bark, a psychiatrist with experience in hypnosis, Joona reaches out to reveal the missing links of this multiple murder Bark agrees to help and coaxes out some interesting information When someone tips off the media that Bark is back using hypnosis, old scandals emerge of which Joona was not previously aware While Bark rides the wave of this bad press, his family life takes a significant hit, with a wife who is looking outside her marriage for solace and a son who is wrapped up in his teenage life After a horrific break in and kidnapping leaves Bark withquestions than answers, the hunt is now on for another criminal, with Joona handling both cases Just when one case seems to tie itself off, another pops up with mor suspects and fewer leads Can Bark and Joona work together, armed with the knowledge that the former may be directly responsible for his own family s deterioration Kepler grabs the reader from the opening pages and cannot let go until the final pages A truly captivating debut thriller well worth the time of anyone with a keen interest for the dark and sinister.Kepler s novel, though not penned in English, flows much better than many of those in the same genre I have read in the past With a number of key storylines emerging throughout, one never knows where they will take the story, or if it is simply tangential Use of layered storytelling, allowing the same events to be seen through the eyes of multiple people, is highly effective and curiouslydramatic than a simple chronological telling of the facts Short chapters keep the reader intrigued and while there is a massive throw back chunk two thirds into the novel, its importance does become apparent, even if it might better be placed throughout the novel, or even partially in the preface I look forward to diving intoKepler and realising just how twisted these stories can be.Kudos Lars Kepler for such an interesting story, which has hooked me into wanting to read the rest of your collection

  9. LENA TRAK LENA TRAK says:

    PLOT SPOILERS in paragraph 1 I have never read a book with such a strong start From the very first page I was convinced the story had a carefully structured premise and then somewhere in the middleKABOOM I found myself wondering who is the protagonist What about the murder What about detective Joona Linna I want to knowabout Linna..And what about Evelyn She sank her teeth into the throat of an officer Will you not say something about this Tthe first half of the book wa PLOT SPOILERS in paragraph 1 I have never read a book with such a strong start From the very first page I was convinced the story had a carefully structured premise and then somewhere in the middleKABOOM I found myself wondering who is the protagonist What about the murder What about detective Joona Linna I want to knowabout Linna..And what about Evelyn She sank her teeth into the throat of an officer Will you not say something about this Tthe first half of the book was muchintriguing than the second half There were moments I was terrified and convinced someone was in my house not many books can create this effect However I found a few parts rather dull The chapter entitled 10 years ago was really unecessary It was so long and boring that I had to skim through it Also I found the time stamps technique annoyingly confusing The character I liked the most was Josef Ek and I would like to have seenabout him The gruesome scenes with Josef were the ones which gave me the creeps so I was disappointed to find that after a certain point in our story there is noJosef Finding a family brutally murdered and trying to solve the crime was the reason I bought the book in the first place I can t see how Benjamin s kidnapping became all of sudden central in the story Nevertheless, I have to admit the writing was superb and absorbing I could almost see the scene with the hypnotism unfold before my eyes This is the main reason I intend to read another book from the Joona Linna series All in all, being a supporter of story outlines I can say the plot was vague and the story lacked core structure Don t get me wrong I liked this bookAfter all, I gave it 3 stars I think it is a worthy entry in the genre of Scandinavian thrillers and I would definitely recommend it to crime lovers

  10. Sue Sue says:

    I have never read such an amazing twisting novel.There are not words to express how super this book was.I can only give praise to the authors.Erik Maria Bark, talented doctor whose specialty is the treatment of seriously traumatized persons, formerly also with hypnotize, is called to Karolinska hospital, where a 15 year old boy lies severely injured the only survivor of a family massacre in the outskirts of Stockholm It turns out that the boy has an older sister who s disappeared, and there s I have never read such an amazing twisting novel.There are not words to express how super this book was.I can only give praise to the authors.Erik Maria Bark, talented doctor whose specialty is the treatment of seriously traumatized persons, formerly also with hypnotize, is called to Karolinska hospital, where a 15 year old boy lies severely injured the only survivor of a family massacre in the outskirts of Stockholm It turns out that the boy has an older sister who s disappeared, and there s reason to assume that the killer will go for her too It s therefore imperative that they find her before the killer does, and since the boy isn t stable enough to be questioned, Erik is called in to hypnotize him in order to get a description of the killer However, Bark has promised himself never to practice hypnosis again The characters are twisted and bound together, and as the story develops, the linkages develop.The short chapters, make you turn the page, and continue reading.This is one book you can not put down.I can only hope that there will be future novels by Lars Kepler I will wait patiently to read the next novel by Lars Kepler

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10 thoughts on “The Hypnotist

  1. Jayson Jayson says:

    B 76% Good NotesSpends a lot of time building up elaborate red herrings successor developments being progressively less compelling.

  2. Kemper Kemper says:

    I wish someone would hypnotize me and erase the memory of reading this book.OK, it isn t that bad from a writing standpoint and basic premise, but it had a lot of buzz that I didn t think it came close to living up to Slapping that The Next Stieg Larsson label on any new Swedish thriller is probably automatic at this point, but it sets up a reader up for disappointment when there s no character anywhere near as interesting as Lisbeth Salander around Extra disappointing when most of the cha I wish someone would hypnotize me and erase the memory of reading this book.OK, it isn t that bad from a writing standpoint and basic premise, but it had a lot of buzz that I didn t think it came close to living up to Slapping that The Next Stieg Larsson label on any new Swedish thriller is probably automatic at this point, but it sets up a reader up for disappointment when there s no character anywhere near as interesting as Lisbeth Salander around Extra disappointing when most of the characters are so unlikable that you start rooting for the serial killer Throw in a plot that disregards logic whenever it s convenient to try and introduce some tension into a story, and this ended up as a thriller that wasted a pretty decent set up Lars Kepler is actually a pseudonym for a husband wife writing team.Erik Maria Bark used to be a psychiatrist who was considered one of the best hypnotists in Sweden, but he no longer practices hypnotism and now works as a medical doctor Erik is called to the hospital in the middle of the night by police detective Joona Linna to examine a teenage boy who has been repeatedly stabbed and was found at a crime scene where most of his family was brutally murdered Linna believes that the boy s missing sister may also be in danger, but he s too badly injured to question via normal methods so Linna wants Bark to hypnotize him Bark initially refuses, but eventually he decides to put the boy under and try to get critical information about the crime and the location of the sister The shocking revelations that come out while the boy is hypnotized lead to a series of events that threaten Bark and his family This pushes the strained marriage of Bark and his wife Simone to the breaking point and also further alienates their son Benjamin who suffers from a rare blood disease.Crime thrillers and realistic police procedures don t always mix, but they should usually have at least a nodding acquaintance Not so much here For example, Linna immediately decides that the only way to find the missing sister is to hypnotize the injured boy even though he s half dead Uh.as I understand it, the police usually have other resources to call on when they look for people other than browbeating former hypnotists into putting the whammy on critically injured patients Later on the police have good reason to think that Bark is in danger, but he s turned off his phone Linna just leaves him a series of voice mails instead of sending cops to his house to check up on him Ah, fuck it I m sure he ll be fine Why bother wasting gas to look in on him There s an evenbaffling piece view spoiler After Bark s son is kidnapped from his home and his wife is drugged, the cops are only interested when they think the escaped killer may be involved But they never send the forensic techs to the house or interview Simone Later after they ve decided the killer wasn t involved, Erik basically has to beg Linna to get involved in the search for his son because they act like Benjamin just ran away even though Simone witnessed him being taken from the house, and they have lab tests showing that a powerful drug was used on her So I guess the Swedish cops just don t get that excited about teenage boys getting taken out of their beds Unless they think a mass murderer was the kidnapper Ah, even then they won t get that excited about it and put the kid s picture on TV or anything like that.Oh, and I guess it s also common police procedure to let the parents of kidnapped children just run around with the cops while they interview people and look for clues No chance that anything bad could happen with that like running into a serial killer in a creepy basement or finding a grave that sends them into a panic when they think it s their kid Wait That s exactly what does happen Well, shit, it s not like the cops are doing much unless Erik or Simone basically drag them someplace to look into any leads anyhow hide spoiler The plot takes a weird twist halfway through that doesn t end up going anywhere close to where it seems like it would originally Ordinarily, I d say that s a good thing, but the first half of the book sets you up to think one thing, and then there s a new development completely out of left field It doesn t feel organic or earned, it just feels like a cheat.Even worse than the logic gaps and bullshit plot twists are the characters Linna isn t too bad, just kind of a bland stubborn cop Bark comes across as kind of an oblivious arrogant ass with a pill addiction who will instantly dismiss his wife s claims that someone was in their apartment the previous night when he was too whacked on drugs to know if a marching band had walked through The kid Benjamin also seems like kind of whiney little prick, but at least he has excuses like asshole parents and a blood disease.Worst of all is Simone She s generally shrill, hysterical, stupid and overall just kind of a bitch Bark had a brief affair ten years before, and she never really forgave him for it When he is called out in the middle of the night by Linna at the beginning of the book, she gets instantly suspicious even though Bark is a doctor who works at an emergency room A cell phone mix up makes her think that he is cheating on her again, and she begins hurling accusations at Bark without ever once explaining why This is the kind of shit I hate in stories because it s manufactured drama that could have easily been solved with a rational five minute conversation, but instead becomes a continuing point of tension because Simone would rather pitch a fit than explain anything Simone commits even worse offenses view spoiler After Benjamin is kidnapped, Bark is trying to calm her down so they can start working with the police Instead, Simone launches into another round of accusations that Erik is cheating on her and drives him out of the house by insisting on calling her father, a retired cop who hates Erik Then, she proceeds to tell everyone that asks about her son that she and Erik are separated , as if they re just having marital problems and their only son hasn t been kidnapped And then, Miss I Know You re Having An Affair takes time out for the hunt for her son to pop down to her gallery and start sleeping with an artist she s been working with It s presented as some kind of desperation to escape her problems, but I can t feel bad for this nutjob who has spent half the book screaming at her husband about his imagined infidelity and then decides to start boinking someone else while her kid is missing Jesus wept, but I hated this woman It would have been one thing if this was some kind of realistic character based story about the impact of a child abduction on a shaky marriage, but this is most certainly a schlock crime thriller so it just comes across as fucked up on epic scale hide spoiler All in all, this seems like a couple of Swedish writers looking to hop on the Stieg Larsson gravy train came up a couple of decent ideas, but then botched it by trying to get too cute with their plot and making their main characters self absorbed asshats

  3. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    They d thought he was dead when they found him among the other bodies in the terraced house He d lost a great deal of blood, gone into a state of shock, and hadn t regained consciousness until seven hours later He was the only surviving witness Detective Joona Linna was certain that the boy would be able to provide valuable information, possibly even identify the killerBut if the other circumstances had not been so exceptional, it would never even have occurred to anyone to turn to a hypnoti They d thought he was dead when they found him among the other bodies in the terraced house He d lost a great deal of blood, gone into a state of shock, and hadn t regained consciousness until seven hours later He was the only surviving witness Detective Joona Linna was certain that the boy would be able to provide valuable information, possibly even identify the killerBut if the other circumstances had not been so exceptional, it would never even have occurred to anyone to turn to a hypnotist Erik Maria Bark has seen his career go up in flames His relationship with his son is changing and not for the better His relationship with his wife is on life support To cope with all of this, he is taking too many legally prescribed drugs When Detective Joona Linna calls him and wants him to hypnotize the one remaining witness in the bloody carnage that happened at the Ek home, his first response is to say no, not just no, but an emphatic no Josef is suffering fromcuts than can be counted and is floating in a coma Linna needs to know two things where is the older sister Evelyn, and who was the perpetrator Bark made a promise that he would never hypnotise anyone ever again after one of his patients went berserk, blamed him for everything, and turned public opinion against him Hypnotists are seen in the same light as charlatans, clowns, illusionists,and parlor tricksters, so when something goes wrong, people are just confirmed in their natural suspicions of them in the first place The circumstances are dire, and as Joona Linna always says, he is a stubborn man He convinces Erik to use his gifts to find out the truth But the truth is so insidious that even these hardened professionals are shaken Josef had a particular smell about him, a smell of burning rage, of burning chemicals What the hell is going on To add to the already freakish circumstances Benjamin, Erik and Simone s son, is taken from their home Simone enlists the aid of her retired police officer father, Kennet Strang, to help try and find him Is this connected to the Josef Ek case or does this have something to do with a crazy patient from Erik s past The past isn t dead, it isn t even past William FaulknerI m not going to tell you any because this is such a plot based book, but I will say, when I was down to the last 100 pages, I didn t stop until I turned the last page moments before the grandfather clock chimed twelve times I think the biggest issue that readers have with this book is that it was so overhyped before it was released There were all the comparisons to Stieg Larsson and how Lars Kepler was going to be the next biggest thing since the invention of Swedish meatballs For certain readers, this backfires big time By the time they read the book, they almost resent having to read it, and their reactions to the book are colored by those resentments The worst thing you can do is tell someone, emphatically, that they must read a book The blitz of ads was doing just that It is the equivalent of assigning a book to be read in school The second thing is all the subterfuge over who Lars Kepler is People were first pointing the finger at Henning Mankell, which in itself is quite the flattering comparison, but Mankell denied that it was he Lars is in fact these people Aren t they just adorable Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of Swedish husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril The two Alex s Some readers start to get Milli Vanilli vibes Ah yes, we remember those two front men who were faker than Facebook News The Alex s were both writers before they decided to team up to write mysteries, so I think we can safely set that speculation aside You might be curious about the origins of the pseudonym Wikipedia kindly gave me that information Lars is a homage to the Swedish crime fiction author Stieg Larsson as he inspired the duo to start writing crime fiction The name Kepler comes from the German scientist Johannes Kepler 1571 1630 , who solved one of his time s greatest mysteries it was his calculations of the planets orbits that paved the way for Newton s theses about gravity Oh no, not Stieg Larsson again Being compared to Larsson is almost as big a curse as having your book compared to Harry Potter or the The Hunger Games Sigh Don t be manipulated by your own manipulating mind The staccato short chapters drove me bonkers until I adjusted, though other reviewers have said how much they like that writing style It probably does pick up the pace of the reading, but I mof a Victorian reader who doesn t mind nestling down into a chapter for twenty or forty pages or so I do adore Nordic Noir, and this plot ticks all the boxes for hardboiled and grit Detective Joona Linna kind of takes a backseat in this one, but I m looking forward to seeing him move up to the front seat for the next book He is annoyingly good at his job, which to me is also a nice nod to Kurt Wallander If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  4. Lisa Lisa says:

    I tend to wait until the very last moment, and beyond to give my opinion of a book I absolutely, positively, with every fiber of my being hated this book I can t even remember the main characters names I just known that he was awfully prideful He thought he was an ace investigator Nope, not really He was told he was a great dancer.he agreed I was embarrassed No, this is not a character I would give a hoot about Lars Kepler isn t actually any author that I would care to read anything I tend to wait until the very last moment, and beyond to give my opinion of a book I absolutely, positively, with every fiber of my being hated this book I can t even remember the main characters names I just known that he was awfully prideful He thought he was an ace investigator Nope, not really He was told he was a great dancer.he agreed I was embarrassed No, this is not a character I would give a hoot about Lars Kepler isn t actually any author that I would care to read anything by again I see how some folk may like him, but he s too simplistic Really, just too full of himself

  5. Eric Eric says:

    I really liked this novel, and would have given it four stars if not for three things that irked me about the way it was written.1 The authors this was written by a married couple use the present tense in narration e.g Joona walks into the room and sits down At first, I thought there was a compelling reason for this, but after finishing the book, I can t come up with anything, except perhaps that it was poorly translated into English do Swedish authors normally write in present tense I really liked this novel, and would have given it four stars if not for three things that irked me about the way it was written.1 The authors this was written by a married couple use the present tense in narration e.g Joona walks into the room and sits down At first, I thought there was a compelling reason for this, but after finishing the book, I can t come up with anything, except perhaps that it was poorly translated into English do Swedish authors normally write in present tense I really don t know But it pulled me out of the story a number of times, as I was focusing on the tense instead.2 There were over 100 chapters, which I m totally okay with However, there was a date time stamp header at the beginning of each chapter With an average chapter length of five pages, this was unnecessary, and also pulled me out of the story, as I kept thinking, is it a different day I think it s the same day, but I better flip back a chapter and double check This could have easily been avoided by only putting the header when the date and or time was different than the previous chapter.3 The flashback to the period ten years earlier was awkwardly inserted in the middle of a scene, went on continuously for over 100 pages, and then spit right back out into that same scene A better author would have sprinkled that flashback better over the course of the novel, instead of in a giant information dump.And as for the inevitable comparisons to Stieg Larsson s Millennium trilogy No, this is not a continuation or homage to those works It is likely not in the same class as them either I ll withhold judgement until I see if there isto follow with these characters It is, however, a quality murder mystery with interesting characters written by a Swedish author and set in the same harsh, unforgiving Sweden as the Millennium trilogy

  6. Joe Joe says:

    I suppose I should say this is a spoiler alert Read on at your own risk I continue to be amazed by people s reviews Many most always begin by giving a summation of the plot This is stupid and totally unnecessary People already know what the book is about Personal Reviews should tell what the reader thought This is an amazingly hyped book I would suppose that every publishing company wants to discover the next Steig Larrsen Obviously, Its not that easy First you need to be able to wr I suppose I should say this is a spoiler alert Read on at your own risk I continue to be amazed by people s reviews Many most always begin by giving a summation of the plot This is stupid and totally unnecessary People already know what the book is about Personal Reviews should tell what the reader thought This is an amazingly hyped book I would suppose that every publishing company wants to discover the next Steig Larrsen Obviously, Its not that easy First you need to be able to write well Next you need to be able to create believable characters and give them a substantial plot These writers can t do any of that For a hyped and well reviewed book, this is possibly one of the worst books I have ever read What a scam calling this the next Larssen or anything close

  7. Arah-Lynda Arah-Lynda says:

    This is a very dark, horrific story that ranks high in creepiness Seriously it left me feeling like I needed to take a shower and wash the creep away The cover would have you beleive that it is comparable to Silence of the Lambs or Stieg Larsson s Millenium series but I have to disagree with that Now I love a good mystery, better still if it happens to be a thriller where life and death hang in the balance as they race to find and stop the villian The Hypnotist certainly contains all of thes This is a very dark, horrific story that ranks high in creepiness Seriously it left me feeling like I needed to take a shower and wash the creep away The cover would have you beleive that it is comparable to Silence of the Lambs or Stieg Larsson s Millenium series but I have to disagree with that Now I love a good mystery, better still if it happens to be a thriller where life and death hang in the balance as they race to find and stop the villian The Hypnotist certainly contains all of these elements and , so you might wonder why only 3 stars There are a number of reasons but chief among them The crimes are incredibly brutal and way too graphically detailed..so much so that I felt as though the authors were trying real hard for the shock value Some of these vicious, brutal acts really have nothing to do with the story, which brings me to.There are too many unexplained little events, some of which are quite gruesome, that remain completely unexplained and unresolved and left this reader wondering what they were doing in the story in the first place.Even what starts out as being the crime of focus in this story is left unattended and for me at least, unresolved part way through the book.I could not relate in any way to the relationship between the hypnotist and his wife.I figured out the mystery well before I should have.The story felt choppy and events did not flow very well, especially between the past and the presentDespite all of the above the story was a good one and at least one of the characters was wrought well enough to remember Unfortunately this was not the character that should have tied the whole tale together

  8. Matt Matt says:

    In this debut novel, Lars Kepler lays out the groundwork for a stunning and highly intense thriller A boy is found clinging to life at home with his family slaughtered all around him Detective Joona Linna is called upon to solve the case and becomes convinced that, with a little probing, all can be revealed and the killer caught, as long as the sole witness remembers what he saw Joona turns to hypnosis in order to unlock those horrific memories of the event Calling upon Eric Maria Bark, a ps In this debut novel, Lars Kepler lays out the groundwork for a stunning and highly intense thriller A boy is found clinging to life at home with his family slaughtered all around him Detective Joona Linna is called upon to solve the case and becomes convinced that, with a little probing, all can be revealed and the killer caught, as long as the sole witness remembers what he saw Joona turns to hypnosis in order to unlock those horrific memories of the event Calling upon Eric Maria Bark, a psychiatrist with experience in hypnosis, Joona reaches out to reveal the missing links of this multiple murder Bark agrees to help and coaxes out some interesting information When someone tips off the media that Bark is back using hypnosis, old scandals emerge of which Joona was not previously aware While Bark rides the wave of this bad press, his family life takes a significant hit, with a wife who is looking outside her marriage for solace and a son who is wrapped up in his teenage life After a horrific break in and kidnapping leaves Bark withquestions than answers, the hunt is now on for another criminal, with Joona handling both cases Just when one case seems to tie itself off, another pops up with mor suspects and fewer leads Can Bark and Joona work together, armed with the knowledge that the former may be directly responsible for his own family s deterioration Kepler grabs the reader from the opening pages and cannot let go until the final pages A truly captivating debut thriller well worth the time of anyone with a keen interest for the dark and sinister.Kepler s novel, though not penned in English, flows much better than many of those in the same genre I have read in the past With a number of key storylines emerging throughout, one never knows where they will take the story, or if it is simply tangential Use of layered storytelling, allowing the same events to be seen through the eyes of multiple people, is highly effective and curiouslydramatic than a simple chronological telling of the facts Short chapters keep the reader intrigued and while there is a massive throw back chunk two thirds into the novel, its importance does become apparent, even if it might better be placed throughout the novel, or even partially in the preface I look forward to diving intoKepler and realising just how twisted these stories can be.Kudos Lars Kepler for such an interesting story, which has hooked me into wanting to read the rest of your collection

  9. LENA TRAK LENA TRAK says:

    PLOT SPOILERS in paragraph 1 I have never read a book with such a strong start From the very first page I was convinced the story had a carefully structured premise and then somewhere in the middleKABOOM I found myself wondering who is the protagonist What about the murder What about detective Joona Linna I want to knowabout Linna..And what about Evelyn She sank her teeth into the throat of an officer Will you not say something about this Tthe first half of the book wa PLOT SPOILERS in paragraph 1 I have never read a book with such a strong start From the very first page I was convinced the story had a carefully structured premise and then somewhere in the middleKABOOM I found myself wondering who is the protagonist What about the murder What about detective Joona Linna I want to knowabout Linna..And what about Evelyn She sank her teeth into the throat of an officer Will you not say something about this Tthe first half of the book was muchintriguing than the second half There were moments I was terrified and convinced someone was in my house not many books can create this effect However I found a few parts rather dull The chapter entitled 10 years ago was really unecessary It was so long and boring that I had to skim through it Also I found the time stamps technique annoyingly confusing The character I liked the most was Josef Ek and I would like to have seenabout him The gruesome scenes with Josef were the ones which gave me the creeps so I was disappointed to find that after a certain point in our story there is noJosef Finding a family brutally murdered and trying to solve the crime was the reason I bought the book in the first place I can t see how Benjamin s kidnapping became all of sudden central in the story Nevertheless, I have to admit the writing was superb and absorbing I could almost see the scene with the hypnotism unfold before my eyes This is the main reason I intend to read another book from the Joona Linna series All in all, being a supporter of story outlines I can say the plot was vague and the story lacked core structure Don t get me wrong I liked this bookAfter all, I gave it 3 stars I think it is a worthy entry in the genre of Scandinavian thrillers and I would definitely recommend it to crime lovers

  10. Sue Sue says:

    I have never read such an amazing twisting novel.There are not words to express how super this book was.I can only give praise to the authors.Erik Maria Bark, talented doctor whose specialty is the treatment of seriously traumatized persons, formerly also with hypnotize, is called to Karolinska hospital, where a 15 year old boy lies severely injured the only survivor of a family massacre in the outskirts of Stockholm It turns out that the boy has an older sister who s disappeared, and there s I have never read such an amazing twisting novel.There are not words to express how super this book was.I can only give praise to the authors.Erik Maria Bark, talented doctor whose specialty is the treatment of seriously traumatized persons, formerly also with hypnotize, is called to Karolinska hospital, where a 15 year old boy lies severely injured the only survivor of a family massacre in the outskirts of Stockholm It turns out that the boy has an older sister who s disappeared, and there s reason to assume that the killer will go for her too It s therefore imperative that they find her before the killer does, and since the boy isn t stable enough to be questioned, Erik is called in to hypnotize him in order to get a description of the killer However, Bark has promised himself never to practice hypnosis again The characters are twisted and bound together, and as the story develops, the linkages develop.The short chapters, make you turn the page, and continue reading.This is one book you can not put down.I can only hope that there will be future novels by Lars Kepler I will wait patiently to read the next novel by Lars Kepler

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