The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

Large Print - 2011
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In frigid Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate. The killer is at large, and the only witness is the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. With the child wounded and in shock, Linna enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize him. It's the sort of work that Bark has sworn never to do again, but he breaks that promise - with terrifying results. (Bestseller)
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410442420
141044242X
Characteristics: 783 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dawson, Miranda

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maipenrai
Nov 24, 2016

The first book in the Detective Inspector Joona Linna series

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MEF211
Aug 29, 2016

Best seller in France, Germany.. blah, blah, blah. I usually give a story time to develop but, after fifty pages I gave up on this one. An unnecessarily horrific murder to begin with- the five year old girl is cut in half? Then flashbacks occur in the middle of the narrative leaving me confused at first, then annoyed afterwards. Interaction between characters is stilted and just weird. Perhaps a bad translation? Yuk.

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awc_9
Nov 10, 2015

Overwhelmingly disappointing. The beginning 100 pages were really good, but always left me wanting more. Flashback was the best part. Characters were not the least bit interesting. Story was choppy, dead ends and inconsistent too many times for a crime novel. The only thing I enjoyed was the short chapters. Im not sure if it was the suspense that made me finish in only 4 sittings, or just trying to see what the author(s) are trying to do.
Don't bother, overhyped, spend your time on something else.

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wilqser
Aug 20, 2015

Mystery thriller about a hypnotist who hypnotizes a young boy and unleashes a torrent of mayhem. Nothing revelatory here.

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llwboston
Aug 11, 2015

I completely fail to understand all of the praise/prizes heaped on this book. It felt to me that the authors simply threw in every "action" element that is supposed to be in a best-selling thriller (insane serial killer, kidnapping of an ill child, cult activity, infidelity, etc...) with no attempt at a coherent plot. I ended up skimming through most of the book just to find out the plot without having to endure the one-dimensional characters, dark sexual violence and a ridiculous Christmas-themed plot resolution. The "flashback" section was somewhat readable, leading me to wonder if this is less a collaboration than two authors contributing different sections of the novel, of very different quality. This is supposedly the first book in a series, but the "lead" detective is a weak, uninteresting character whom I have no desire to read about again.

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rgally
May 08, 2015

Tedious. Tried for 140 pages and just couldn't read any more. So many books, so little time, so little reason to read this one

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loudem
May 01, 2015

A long book, too long. Too much detours, too much dead ends. You can almost see that this is a book written by two authors. Not always a good thing. Very average if not flat out disappointing .

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Pisinga
Jan 21, 2015

If you are a fan of a book like "Blue Monday" by Nicci French, - this book- is absolutely for you. The composition seems to me a little inadequate, as if there are a few plots that do not have fit ending. The stories seems as if broken. Also the part of story that is in the second half could be put at the beginning. And, well, the ending - is too much.

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rhys33
Jul 17, 2014

A decent read overall, though it seems the authors started writing one book and then decided to switch tacks partway through and write another. Twists and turns are expected, though I would have liked greater focus and plot continuity.

Fans of Scandinavian authors Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo will be thrilled to discover Lars Kepler. This volume is a suspenseful psychological page turner set in Sweden and filled with lots of plot twists and surprises. The story centers around Dr. Erik Maria Bark who is called in to hypnotize the sole survivor of a mass killing. The shocking results of that session set in motion a chain of events that involve Dr. Bark, his family, and Detective Inspector Joona Linna in a harrowing and unexpected investigation. Fast paced and gripping.

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Oct 26, 2011

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