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The Hypnotist

by Lars Kepler

McClelland & Stewart | June 12, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Hypnotist is rated 3.1818 out of 5 by 11.
Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all of the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders -- against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is an intended victim -- the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die: he has suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and Lapsed into a state of shock. He''s in no condition to be questioned. Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: 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 had 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.


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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 in

Published: June 12, 2012

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771095732

ISBN - 13: 9780771095733

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugh I have read 250 pages of this book and find it hugely disappointing. If you MUST read it save your money and borrow from the library! B.O.R.I.N.G.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring, poor characters, not interesting.... at all. i was struggling with this book. i read up to 150 pgs and returning to my bf's mom. it is bad. i didn't like the characters at all. story was sub par and it just did not grab my attention. i can see people's comparisons to steig larsson's millennium series, but it is nowhere as close. i really enjoyed the series and lisbeth. the characters in this book i didn't care nor did i want to know what happened to the family and the plot they came in of his kidnapped son. BORING.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Book 1, in the Joona Linna series This novel has a special and interesting story and start with a bang with the brutal murder a family stabbed to death in a Stockholm suburb. The only witness is the critically injured teenager son, Josef Ek who survived the attack and fortunately the older sister was not home at the time and escaped the carnage. The novel is quite intense showcasing graphic images on many occasions. Dragged into solving this horrific crime is the protagonist, Joona Linna, a deeply damaged Detective who suffers from blinding headaches. Since the boy can barely be questioned in the normal way, Linna calls on Dr. Erik Maria Bark, the Hypnonist. Bark, is also a much damaged man terribly addicted to painkillers he simply eats them like candy. He had sworn to never use hypnosis after a tragic event of the past that is still haunting him. He is reluctantly pressured to hypnotize the boy to obtain details that would help solve the murders and protect his sister who may be running out of time. Don’t be surprised the situation soon spirals of control and we are thrown off by red herrings, many few missteps and definitely in the middle of pretty entertaining stuff. Taking the genre to new heights, this thriller’s provocative theme explores in a very cinematic ways the influence of family bonds and delivers in each of its chapters a heart- stopping turn into a world where the minds is the deadliest of weapons. The plot is very exciting, the dialogue excellent and the characters outstanding. This quality crime fiction IMO is simply fantastic.
Date published: 2013-04-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hugely disappointing Touted as rivalling Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, not even close. Stagey patchwork of violence and clinical case work with cardboardish characters, and far too long...needed severe editing.
Date published: 2012-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Move over Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! Who knew Sweden had such great authors? Fast-paced, excellent story and credible characters. You'll be intrigued by the plot and likeable Detective Joona Linna.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved the cover... Creepy cover + creepy tale = good read. The Hypnotist is a debut novel for Lars Kepler (a husband and wife team from Sweden) Three members of the Ek family have been brutally murdered. Their son Josef was miraculously found alive amongst the carnage. Inspector Joona Linna is brought in on the case. Dr. Erik Bark is one of the physicians at the hospital Josef brought to. Bark was a renowned hypnotist, using his skill to help patients uncover and heal from trauma. However he has sworn off hypnotism - a past event is alluded to but not fully explained in the beginning. Urged on by Linna, but against his better judgment, Bark hypnotizes Josef. However, what Josef reveals is unexpected to say the least. I enjoyed the engimatic character of Joona Linna very much. His confidence in his abilities is not bravado, but he does make a point of asking "What did I tell you?" when he is proven correct. His calm demeanor hides a character not fully explored in this first book of a planned series. The book takes a different direction with Dr. Bark's involvement. Slowly we are led down a different path as the events that ended his use of hypnotism are revealed. His past comes to haunt him in the present, as does Josef's case. I found myself continually off kilter as I read The Hypnotist - no one behaved as I expected them to at all. The cadence of the prose added to this off balance feeling at times, but was in keeping with the story. I found the interaction between Bark and his wife quite puzzling at times. Not that it was a bad thing - I really had no idea where the plot line was going next - there was layer upon layer of plotting. I like not being able to predict an outcome and Kepler kept me on my toes. I look forward to the next book by this duo. I'm sure the bumps will be ironed out by their second offering. The Hypnotist is an international bestseller with rights sold in over 30 countries. It's been on the Globe and Mail bestseller list since it's release. Warning for readers - there are definitely some graphic scenes.
Date published: 2011-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good mystery, Ok Read The Hypnotist started off promicing with a disturbing murder and a good mystery, but slowed down as the book continued. A few chapters into the book the authors appear to loose interest in the murder and start a new story line. This one is related to the first, but at times feels like a completly different story. Lucky for this book it really picks up near the end. All the story lines I found boring in the middle of the book come together nicely. If it wasnt for the fast paced, exciting ending, I would have given it a lower review.
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Thriller!! The end could be better. I really enjoyed this book. It's a great thriller. The chapters are really short, hence they're easy to read. I loved the way the author changes the narrative point every chapter, sometimes he narrates as the doctor, other times as his son.... and so on. This book has a mixed of thriller, suspense, sex, medicine and fun. What else could you want? What I didn't love though was the ending of the book. It lacked a bit more of drama that the firsts chapters really gave.
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just ok I was actually quite disappointed with this book and annoyed with myself that I paid the hardcover price. The book was touted as being reminiscent of The Shining and Silence of the Lambs, but in the end it was nothing even close to these two books.
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Mystery I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up but it wasn't what I read. This is a complicated, strange thriller with many plot twists and turns coming at you all the time. I was invested in the characters and wanted to know how it would turn out. The writing style however is a bit stilted, maybe because it's a husband and wife swedish couple writing it, then translated into english.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Name for the book I reallyt enjoyed this book, and cannot wait for another book from this author. It kept me on the edge of my seat as I could not put it down,
Date published: 2011-07-15

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The Hypnotist

by Lars Kepler

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 in

Published: June 12, 2012

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771095732

ISBN - 13: 9780771095733

Read from the Book

Erik Maria Bark is yanked reluctantly from his dream when the telephone rings. Before he is fully awake, he hears himself say with a smile, “Balloons and streamers.”   His heart is pounding from the sudden awakening. Erik has no idea what he meant by these words. The dream is completely gone, as if he had never had it.   He fumbles to find the ringing phone, creeping out of the bedroom with it and closing the door behind him to avoid waking Simone. A detective named Joona Linna asks if he is sufficiently awake to absorb important information. His thoughts are still tumbling down into the dark empty space after his dream as he listens.   “I’ve heard you’re very skilled in the treatment of acute trauma,” says Linna.   “Yes,” says Erik.   He swallows a painkiller as he listens. The detective explains that he needs to question a fifteen- year- old boy who has witnessed a double murder and been seriously injured himself. During the night he was moved from the neurological unit in Huddinge to the neurosurgical unit at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna.   “What’s his condition?” Erik asks.   The detective rapidly summarizes the patient’s status, concluding,   “He hasn’t been stabilized. He’s in circulatory shock and unconscious.”   “Who’s the doctor in charge?” asks Erik.   “Daniella Richards.”   &l
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Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all of the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders -- against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is an intended victim -- the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die: he has suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and Lapsed into a state of shock. He''s in no condition to be questioned. Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: 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 had 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.


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About the Author

LARS KEPLER is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.


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