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The Hypnotist: A Novel by Kepler, Lars [2011] (2009)

by Lars Kepler

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Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide--all the victims from the same family--captivates Detective Joona Linna. It appears the elder sister escaped the carnage, but it seems only a matter of time until she too is murdered. The only surviving witness is the boy whose family was slaughtered. He has suffered over one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, unleashing a long and terrifying chain of events.… (more)
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The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (2009)

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Until I completed the book, I didn’t know that the author of The Hypnotist is a Swedish husband/wife combination that publish under the name of Lars Kepler. This is the first book in their series that features Detective Joona Linna of the Swedish National Crime Police. It is a very dark story filled with violent and brutal crimes, opening with an entire family being savagely murdered. The one surviving witness, the teenage son, is barely clinging to life but the strong willed D.I. Joona Linna persuades Erik Bark, a trauma physician to hypnotize the boy. As Dr. Bark had given up hypnotizing his patients some 10 years ago, this act becomes the focus of the book and opens up a number of plot-lines.

The Hypnotist delivers plenty of twists and turns as it transforms from a simple "whodunit” into a very compelling and multi-layered story. Although at over 500 pages, the book is a little long, once the reader is fully immersed, the excellent pacing and complexity of the plot will keep you glued to the pages. I am looking forward to continuing on with this series. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Nov 16, 2019 |
Sent en kväll hittas en man brutalt mördad i ett omklädningsrum vid Tumbas idrottsplats. När polisen anländer till hans hem för att underrätta de anhöriga hittar de hans fru och dotter ihjälhuggna – och hans tonåriga son är i kritisk tillstånd men vid liv, det verkar som han har låtsats varit död för att lura mördaren. Motivet för morden verkar vara att utplåna hela familjen och när polisen får information om att familjens äldsta dotter ska befinna sig på annan ort för tillfället inser kriminalkomissarie Joona Linna att han måste hitta henne snabbt – innan mördaren gör det.

I ett desperat försök att få kontakt med familjens son som knappt orkar hålla sig vid medvete övertygar Joona Lina läkaren Erik Maria Bark att hjälpa till. Erik Maria Bark var en av Sveriges främsta hypnotisörer för ett antal år sedan innan han lovade att han aldrig skulle hypnotisera någon igen. Men Joona ger sig inte och Erik Maria Bark tvingas bryta sitt löfte. Tillsammans kommer de sakta men säkert fram mot en lösning till gåtan; en skrämmande, ofattbar lösning som ingen av dem ens kunnat gissa sig till.

Jag läser deckare nästan lika sällan som jag kollar på romantiska komedier; men det händer då och då. Varje gång jag börjar läsa en deckare undrar jag varför jag inte läser den oftare, men den känslan har aldrig varit lika stark som när jag började läsa Hypnotisören. Det kändes nästan som ett avsnitt av Criminal Minds fast gånger... tjugo? Det var svårt att lägga ifrån sig boken, vilket jag knappt gjorde. Jag kunde inte somna förrän jag fått reda på slutet av detta röriga blodbad, men det gjorde ingenting för det finns inget bättre än ligga ihopkurad i sängen med en spännande bok. För den var spännande. Fy fan vad spännande den var.

Lars Kepler är definitivt en av våra främsta kriminalförfattare; det finns ingen tvekan om det. Visst, en del av händelserna kan man para ihop och en del lösningar på mindre saker kan man ana – men berättelsen tog vändningarna som man aldrig skulle ha förväntat sig... men där var de. Helt fantastisk. Bara en fråga återstår... vad är det med namet Lydia och rött hår? ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
This book contains two distinct plots. These plots are related to each other only in that actions in one plot instigate the second plot and the three main characters are involved in both.

There is quite a bit of suspense in the second half of the book. In fact, it reminded me a bit of the old TV series "The Fugitive". However, the first half really dragged. There were lots of pages spent on the psychological issues that the characters had, especially the mother and father. Other characters issues were alluded to, but never really explained. And there were aspects of the plot that were given a lot of attention, but ended up being superfluous.

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  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
I was intrigued when I first picked up an audio copy of The Hypnotist with the comparisons to fellow Swedish thriller author, Steig Larson. Alas, this novel is not in the same league as the works of Larson. This novel is a long winded, overwritten story with multiple plot lines. Although, the novel was intriguing at times and had good tension in spots, there was so much that was wrong with it, that it was hard to enjoy.

For starters, the characterization of the main characters, with the exception of Joona Linna, was poor. Erik Maria Bark was an annoying narcissist. His wife was dull and uninteresting. There son did nothing but whine. The novel had multiple plot lines involving the abduction of their son, the treatment of a psychopath using hypnotism, old crazy patients of Bark, and the most ridiculous of them all, a devastating, vicious, lethal gang of young children. Besides the fact that some of the plot lines were a bit weak, the novel went massive stretches without mentioning some of them, making them out of sight, out of mind. Also, there was an absurdly long flash back, which could have been worked in, in smaller bites. The novel was far too long. There was lots of fluff that could have been removed, and although there were positive aspects of it and certain parts that I enjoyed, overall this was not a particularly good novel and definitely not as good as Steig Larson.

Carl Alves – author of The Invocation ( )
  Carl_Alves | Apr 7, 2019 |
The Hypnotist is about a hypnotist who, after a ten year hiatus, hypnotizes the victim of a crime. After doing this, his life filled with twists and turns. I won this book from the first-reads author giveaway. This book was a little hard to get into at first, but I was eventually drawn into it. Sometimes there were details that could have been left out because it made for very boring reading. There is also a lot of going back and forth throughout the book. Overall, it was a pretty good read. ( )
  TJoyner | Dec 4, 2018 |
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Linna and Bark make a great crime-solving pair precisely because they puzzle each other so thoroughly—says Bark, for instance, “The patient always speaks the truth under hypnosis. But it’s only a matter of what he himself perceives as the truth.” To which Linna responds, “What is it you’re trying to say?” Indeed. What Bark is trying to say is that there are monsters hiding everywhere beneath the reasonable and rational, and Kepler’s book makes for a satisfying and scary testimonial.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews (Jun 15, 2011)
 
Med kort tids mellomrom blir en far, hans kone og datter funnet brutalt myrdet på to ulike åsteder. Sønnen er så vidt i live. Noen har åpenbart ønsket å utslette hele familien. Da politimannen Jonna Linna innser at det finnes enda et gjenlevende familiemedlem, en søster, forstår han viktigheten av å finne henne før morderen gjør det. For å kunne avhøre sønnen tar Joona Linna kontakt med legen Erik Maria Bark. Han overtales til å hypnotisere gutten. Dermed bryter Bark et gammelt løfte om aldri mer å praktisere hypnose, og en skremmende kjede av hendelser settes i gang.Hypnotisøren er første bok i en ny serie, og den har gjort stor suksess i Sverige.
added by kirstenlund | editwww.tanum.no (Mar 10, 2011)
 
Oh, krimihjerte, hvad vil du mere!
added by 2810michael | editWeekendavisen, Bo Bjørnvig
 
Overbevisende. Drama i bunker og masser af spænding ... Guf for den kræsne krimilæsere
added by 2810michael | editPolitiken, Palle Henrik
 
En forrygende cocktail: tiltrækkende, frastødende og vildt spændende! Hvilken hypnotiserende læseoplevelse! Man kan rolig glæde sig ..
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added by 2810michael | editBerlingske Tidende, Jens Andersen
 

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In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. 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. 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 has 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.

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 the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

Hij had gezworen nooit meer iemand onder hypnose te brengen. Nu breekt hij zijn belofte om levens te redden, maar zet daarmee zijn eigen leven op het spel.

Tien jaar geleden heeft Erik Maria Bark besloten zijn leven als hypnotiseur naast zich neer te leggen. Maar als inspecteur Joona Linna hem om hulp vraagt bij een moordzaak waarbij de levens van twee jonge mensen op het spel staan, heeft Erik geen andere keuze. Hij doet wat hij heeft afgezworen en brengt een zwaargewonde getuige onder hypnose. Al snel wordt duidelijk dat Erik de prijs moet betalen voor zijn verbroken belofte.

De deuren naar de hel lijken geopend en Erik wordt getroffen door een serie gewelddadige en onverklaarbare gebeurtenissen. Gebeurtenissen die ook zijn gezin meesleuren in een vreselijke nachtmerrie.
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