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Author: Lars Kepler
ISBN13: 978-1410442420
Title: The Hypnotist (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
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Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (November 2, 2011)
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The Hypnotist (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic) by Lars Kepler

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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. It seems like we have to keep another author in mind: Lars Kepler. With The Hypnotist, he has delivered an amazing debut. Brilliant, well-written and very satisfying. The Hypnotist is riveting, not only because of its breathtaking rhythm of storytelling, but mostly because of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, a cop truly worthy of a series of novels. psilon, público, portugal. The most hypnotic thriller I’ve read this year.

A U.S. release of an internationally best-selling title finds Swedish Detective Inspector Joona Linna investigating the murders of three family members, whose killing was witnessed by a fourth intended victim, a traumatized child whose shock Linna hopes to penetrate through a controversial hypnotism session. (suspense).
Reviews: 7
The Hypnotist, which was first published in Swedish in 2009 by a husband and wife writing team, introduces Joona Linna, a dogged and charmingly self-assured and indeed hunky Detective Inspector with Sweden's National Criminal Investigation Department. Linna winds up investigating the gruesome murder of a family which has left one survivor, a fifteen-year-old boy who is barely alive when the book begins. Linna calls in a therapist for help, Erik Maria Bark, who specializes in cases involving acute trauma. Bark used to use hypnosis in group therapy sessions, but he has since sworn off hypnosis--for reasons that are eventually explained. Still, he makes an exception in this case because extracting information from the traumatized teen may not only help the police find the killer, but it could save the life of the boy's sister. This would be a much shorter book, though, if the hypnosis session went well. It doesn't, and it leads to some very bad things happening.

I enjoyed reading The Hypnotist very much. It was a page-turner. It kept me up late. Still, there was a fair amount that bothered me about the story. Erik's wife Simone acts irrationally much of the time, and she and her father do some really stupid things--the kind of things that get teenagers killed in horror movies. I won't give examples so as not to spoil the plot, but Erik should divorce this crazy woman. There's a subplot involving Pokemon characters that just seems way over the top. And generally speaking, the book feels like it's all over the place. A second crime occurs that takes over the plot for so long that you forget about the initial bad guy. And the authors focus on a bunch of different characters--Joona Linna, Erik, Simone, Simone's father--in a way that seems kind of scattershot. So, I had some problems with the book, and yet it was compelling enough that I intend to read the next installment in the series, The Nightmare: I'm quite taken by Joona Linna.

-- Debra Hamel
This is definitely a page turner of a book. It captivated my interest immediately and I couldn't wait to get back to the book each and every night until it was finished. I am convinced this was a truly great thriller. Two mysteries are contained within the pages....Who killed the three family members? And who kidnapped the hypnotist's son?

I really liked that most of the chapters were short and then quite unexpectedly, there would be a longer chapter. The characters were shaped and well developed. Joona Linna was a Swedish Detective
with an obsessive need to hear the words, "you are right". Erik Maria Bark was a psychiatric hypnotist researcher who depended on too many pills to aid his sleep and had a sobering relationship with his wife, Simone or Sixan. She leaned more on her father for help than she did her husband. It was all quite understandable as I journeyed from beginning to end. With the odd assortment of patients Bark dealt with it was indeed a psychological thriller and had this reader gripped and breathing heavy throughout the read!
Complex yet compelling. Several things about this novel I really like. First - the place. I’m as fascinated about the geography as well as the culture. So very descriptive. Second, the interaction and links between the characters. Things that happened years ago surface years later. Characters like Aida and her brother have depth as well as the perpetrators of these crimes. The former so unique seemingly ambivalent but actually warm and caring while the latter so cold and twisted. Finally, the inner strength of Joona. You knew he “always get to the truth”. It’s been two days since I finished it and still thinking about it. So very well done.
This is a complex gem of a book - well, more of an onion, unpeeling layer after layer as we search for answers. From the very start there are little mysteries, hooks that lead you on wanting to know "why?" and "what happened?"

Part of the unravelling of the book occurs due to the multiple viewpoints. You will see one scene from one person's point of view (pov), with their personal interpretation. Then later you will revisit that scene from another person's pov and only then understand what else was going on in that scene. This works on several levels - the most central being the relationships between the hypnotist Erik, his wife Simone, and their son Benjamin.

At the heart of the book are two mysteries - who murdered the entire Ek family (barring an adult daughter who was living elsewhere, and 15-year-old Joseph Ek, who survived the attack), and what happened in Erik's past that undercut his profession as a hypnotist and endangered his marriage. As in all the best - and most complex - mysteries, the two turn out to be linked in unexpected ways.

As Erik and his wife Simone follow their own paths, we find ourselves following three threads of story - Erik's, Simone's, and the policeman Joona Linna. I don't want to include any spoilers in this review, so I can only tell you that the murder of the Ek family, and Joseph Ek in particular, is at the heart of one mystery. And the incident that led Erik to quit hypnotherapy is at the heart of the other.

I have to admit, about three-quarters of the way through I had a fit of the giggles wondering what other person with violent tendencies would come slashing their way through the plot, bent on their own ends. But the authors had me eating my words when the plot resolved and I realised what had been happening all along.

Let's be honest. If you are looking for a simple, easy read you should do yourself a favour and look for something else to read. I know we all like to think we are intelligent and perceptive readers, but this book will outpace people who like to think such things without necessarily being them. The book expects you to keep track of what is happening, and it does its part to anchor you in exactly where you are in the narrative - the chapters clearly state the day and time, and some events are common to different versions so you know exactly where the other people were at that time and what they are doing. But in the final analysis you will get out of this book what you put into it. If you don't want to put any effort into working out the mystery, find something easier. Posting reviews with "this book was disjointed" or "this was too complicated" is not fair to the book. It is disjointed and "too complicated" for people who can't follow the plot. There is nothing disjointed about the plot, the writers kept track of the complex plot, and I had no trouble following it. So it's not the book - is it?

I have heard that there will be a film of this book, and I am looking forward to it. I suspect that the "retelling" from different pov will be easier for people to parse when they can see the individuals. Also this very dark story takes place against the background of a Swedish Christmas; a Swedish Christmas is pretty much a fantasy Christmas to non-Swedes complete with snow, saffron buns and enchanting Christmas traditions. In the hands of any half-decent director the contrast between fairy tale Christmas and dark violence will stay with audiences long after the mystery is solved.

I did have some issues with the Kindle text. There are numerous occasions where conversation bounces back and forth between two characters but the text does not follow the convention of starting a new line for a new speaker. One reads, stops, goes back and works out "Oh - this dialogue should be on the next line to indicate it is X speaking, not Y still speaking." But it is hard to fault the writers for an editing error they have no control over.

If you are a mystery afficianado and love complicated plots that tie together beautifully in the end, you will LOVE this book.