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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist [Kindle Edition]

Lars Kepler
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“The summer’s likeliest new Nordic hit.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the U.S. while they rub their hands together over a copy of The Hypnotist stamped Not for Export. It’s that good. It’s the hard stuff.” —Lev Grossman, Time

“A worthy addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction. Expect caffeinated beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into [this] story.” —New York

“A gripping series of twists and turns . . . a natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series.” —Parade

“Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night.” —

“A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbø and Mankell.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Does the world really need another Swedish thriller? The spellbinding exploits of Detective Inspector Joona Linna and the hypnotist he hires to solve a murder make the answer clear.” —People

“Outrageously entertaining . . . Kepler makes you feel that if homicidal maniacs really were to start popping up in Stockholm, this is exactly how it would play out.” —Laura Miller,

“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. Don't be one of the unfortunate few. But put on an extra sweater while you are reading; this one will chill you to the bone.” —

“The brutal slaying of gambling addict Anders Ek, his wife, and his younger daughter propels this outstanding thriller debut . . . 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.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Compellingly grisly.” —Megan O’Grady, Vogue

“All the hallmarks of a classic . . . Tense, clever and multilayered . . . This is crime writing at its most devilishly involving.” —Marie Claire (UK)

“This is the thriller that’s taking Europe by storm. Written by a Swedish husband-and-wife team whose identity was originally a closely guarded secret, it might just be the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . . . Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness that almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination: stunning.” —The Daily Mail (UK)

“If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalize the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case . . . It’s a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” —Financial Times

“Now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales for a Swedish author . . . Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbø for gothic excitement.” —The Australian

“Belongs on every international crime fan’s reading list.” —Booklist

“If you don’t get carried away by this book, the question is whether you like the crime thriller genre at all.” —Børsen (Denmark)

“Brilliant, well-written and very satisfying. A superb thriller.” —De Telegraaf (The Netherlands)

The Hypnotist is a rare beast: a Swedish thriller on a high international level with a smart, effective and surprising plot. The narrative has a skillful, refined, pulsating drive and the writing is sharp, convincing and multilayered.” —Kristianstadsbladet (Sweden)

The Hypnotist is—yes—impossible to put down. The Hypnotist is—yes—ingeniously put together, like a Swiss watch. The Hypnotist is—Yes!—fabulously entertaining, even gruesomely so. But it is also a serious meditation on evil, human weakness, the infinity of the mind, and the capriciousness of fate. My wife stole it from me before I was finished reading it and tore through it. Then I stole it back, to my great pleasure!” —Colin Harrison, author of The Finder

“Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people. I’m henceforth in the latter camp. The Hypnotist is every bit the equal of the Millennium Trilogy—riveting narrative momentum, fascinatingly grisly forensics, existential Nordic dread. But there’s more: superior prose, no cartoony characters, and beneath all the noir, plenty of old-fashioned heart.” —Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday


Read the number one Scandinavian crime bestseller taking the world by storm

Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm.

Detective Inspector Joona Linna is faced with a boy who witnessed the gruesome murder of his family. He’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and is comatose with shock.

Linna’s running out of time. The killer’s on the run and, seemingly, there are no clues. Desperate for information, Linna enlists disgraced specialist Dr Erik Maria Bark, a hypnotist who vowed never to practice again.

As the hypnosis begins, a long and terrifying chain of events unfurls with reverberations far beyond Linna’s case.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 847 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 514 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0771095724
  • Verlag: Blue Door (12. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004VM6494
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Just OK 3. Juni 2013
Von FrauG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Had to persist with this a little - I found it annoying it some parts due to all the pill taking the main character does although he's supposed to be worried about his son. The final quarter was quite good though.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great 'who done it'. 7. Dezember 2011
Von Ruth
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I really enjoyed this book. Great mystery and an interesting subject. Really had me wondering 'who done it???' I absolutely recommend this book.
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199 von 234 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
2.0 von 5 Sternen Scandanavian Silliness 22. Juni 2011
Von Dave Goldberg - Veröffentlicht auf
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I got an advance copy with all the requisite hype _ that it's in the tradition of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. Actually it isn't other than the fact that it's set in Sweden and the authors are Swedish. In fact, it's a mess, with constantly switching protagonists; a plot that inclues an "interlude'' of nearly 100 pages that almost put me to sleep; and some of the most unlikeable characters you'll meet in any book.

I'll confess. I've always liked Scandanvian mysteries, having first read the Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo police procedurals 30 years ago or so. More recently, I've enjoyed Henning Mankell's Wallander series and the works of the Norwegian Jo Nesbo. I read all three Larsson books. They held my attention, but they were more like cartoons than true novels, appealing only because the main character was appealing in a perverse way.

This book has no Lisbeth Salander. The alleged main character is a neurotic hypnotist with a neurotic wife. His father-in-law is less neurotic, as is the main police character. But the main point seems to be smear as much blood around as possible (along with a lot of sex) to draw readers, starting with the work of a 15-year-old "serial killer,'' _ really a spree killer _ who's beyond credibility. And to confuse readers with parallel plots, parallel characters, a subplot (or maybe the main one) based on Pokemon characters and that pointless interlude.

I guess what annoyed me was the hype that accompanied the copy I got. Yes, this held my attention for about 300 of its 500 pages. Then it veered off course. I struggled to finish it. I did. But no need for anyone else to try.
75 von 86 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen "I told you so" 8. Juli 2011
Von BabyGorilla - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you are reading this, and are from Sweden or another Nordic country, write a crime thriller. Stop reading this review--stop whatever you're doing, in fact--and sit down and write a crime thriller. If "The Hypnotist" and the hype and praise surrounding it is any indication, your book won't have to be any good and it will still be a massive sensation.

Look, I read the Millennium Trilogy. I liked it just fine. It set the world on fire and it is to be expected that the genre is going to enjoy a shot in the arm. I am not expert on the genre--I've nothing to compare Larrson's works to and only Larrson's works to compare to Kepler's. Like I said, I liked "The Girl Who..." series just fine but compared to "The Hypnotist" even the worst of the three is leaps and bounds ahead of this unmitigated disaster.

I didn't know that "Lars Kepler" is pseudonym for a husband and wife until after I finished reading the book. I never understood the whole dual author approach and after this, I get why it's not done more often. Writing a novel, especially a crime/mystery, must be a monumentally difficult task. Writing it with your husband/wife must be the worst idea ever. Looking back, IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. The characters, the plot, the writing style...everything, is all over the damn place.

The book begins just fine ("fine" insofar as a brutal triple-homicide can be) and tries to introduce us to the next great literary Swedish detective Joona...something. The character sketch is pretty basic: brooding, aloof genius detective is the smartest guy in the room and will do anything to get his (wo)man. The problem is, the authors don't flesh it out much beyond what we've already come to expect from the genre protagonist. They allude to some horrific events behind the drive and passion for the job and when the reader finds out what one is (but never the other) it's supposed to be powerful but completely misses the mark. [I have to mention one thing: he tells people "I told you so" after he solves a crime that they doubted he could solve. It is so baffling, so childish and trite that I can hardly believe the editors allowed it to stay. It completely erases any goodwill the reader feels toward the character and it is, really, so out of character that I am still seriously confused as to the point.]

The authors miss the mark on every other character, as well. The main character (I guess? There are multiple?) Erick...whatever, the hypnotist, is so incredibly unlikable it's actually really quite remarkable. As is his wife, his kid and his father in-law. In their attempt to create what I can only assume were meant to be realistic, flawed and gritty characters, the authors succeeded only in creating utterly unbelievable, obnoxious characters, to whom I, as the reader, felt no connection.

The story, by the way, is such a mess that it isn't even worth trying to explain. All you need to know is that the authors assumed outrageous violence would carry them a lot further than it did. It seems like neither author could agree on a plot so they compromised by having two. In more capable hands, I think that the story could have worked. However, in the hands of "Lars Kepler," the novel is clunky in pace and style, lacks foresight in storytelling and fails miserably at character development.

I understand there are going to be a lot more misses than hits in the genre. I, obviously, do not recommend "The Hypnotist" in the slightest. However, if a friend or relative decides to eschew your advice to stay away, take solace in telling them "I told you so." I guess.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not Nearly Up To Expectations 22. Juli 2011
Von Mister Aloha - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am a truly devoted reader of Scandinavian crime fiction. I have read all of the books by Jo Nesbo, Hakan Nesser, Henning Mankell, Ake Edwardson, Arnaldur Indridason, Anders Roslund/Borge Hellstrom, Johan Theorin, Kjell Erikson, and, of course, The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Thus, I was truly excited about the prospect of reading "The Hypnotist," which has received such high ratings (even lauded by TIME MAGAZINE), and which is an enormously popular book, at least judging by its sales.

Suffice it to say, I was immensely disappointed by this novel. I found it banal, the characters uninteresting, the plot predictable, and, in general, I considered it a most unfortunate waste of both my time and money.

I recognize that many readers would disagree with this evaluation. All I can say is that at least in my humblest of opinions, it definitely fell short of the excellence that I have come to expect from all of the other Scandinavian authors whose works I have so thoroughly enjoyed. I would not recommend this book, period.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not a worthwhile read 25. Juni 2011
Von Rich - Veröffentlicht auf
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How could anyone put this book in the same class as Stieg Larsson? It is poorly plotted and written like a script for a bad movie. The central theme of the book has potential but the writing is so terrible, the book lost me in the first 30 pages. Reading the rest of the book was a chore, but I figured that it must have something to become an "international bestseller", as the cover of the book proclaims. It is stilted, one dimensional, and doesn't convey the sense of anticipation that you expect from a good detective novel. I really like Scandinavian detective stories but this one was way off the mark. Certainly not in the class of Jo Nesbo or Henning Mankell.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Get off the bandwagon 14. Juli 2011
Von Urban/Suburban - Veröffentlicht auf
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Too many plots, too many 'main' characters, neither the plots or the characters are well developed. It feels as if the husband and wife author team of this book is trying to catch the Scandinavian suspense novel trend but really need a better editor. This book could easily be cut by over 100 pages. Too bad as much verbage wasn't given to developing the characters and plot as was given to scene descriptions. Most of the characters, even the 'good' ones, are not sympathetic. Characters' motives are not explained, characters leave the action without closure. Joona's relationship with his girlfriend is not explained. Erik just quits his addictions! The ability of the 15 year old character to plan and carry out his escapes and killings is preposterous. Very unsatisfying book. The hype around it really does readers a disservice, it's a (too long) waste of time.
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