The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

Audiobook CD - 2011 | Unabridged ed
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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 Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide--all 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 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.

A #1 bestselling international sensation sure to please fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction.

Publisher: [Ashland, OR] : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2011
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781441789754
Branch Call Number: CDA FIC KEP
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (ca. 17.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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May 27, 2016

This book is a con. The stated murders are not what the book is about; they serve only to draw the reader in, then this horribly murdered family are forgotten. The characters are whiney; conversation is simple, petty and unfinished; communication is missing; there are many loose ends as the author decides to drop certain tangents to pick up others.
Not much in this story hangs together. The character are flat.
Skip this one if you can.

Jan 22, 2013

Whatever happened to a good old mystery? No sick sexual content, a good read that's not so disjointed, leaving me wondering what character the author is talking about. So discouraging. Give me Ian Rankin, Henning Mankell, DeMille So disliked I quit.

Apr 28, 2012

Suspenseful, somewhat grim, pretty interesting, but I'm moving away from this kind of book. I fast forwarded through some obvious-and-I-didn't-want-to-hear-it stuff in the large flashback section in the middle. The ending was interesting, but had its implausible components. It's also very long to listen to. Read the comments under the book version; there are more there.

Aug 24, 2011

The authors, Lars Kepler, tries to be Steig Larson but misses the mark. Chapters 1-70 languishes by repeating the same scene over and over again covering everyone's POV. You never feel like the book is moving along. You feel stuck. The characters portrayed in this book are human with their lack of communication and blameful whiny ways, but the author fails to give the redeeming side of the characters and therefore, the reader has no connection, compassion, or empathy for them. All the characters could have perished and I wouldn't have cared because the author stalls too long throughout the book that you never get attached to the characters. Usually, a good novel leaves me sad in the end that the book will be over soon. I felt the exact opposite near the end of the book. I couldn't wait for this book to end. Good riddance!

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