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The Hypnotist Review

Title: The Hypnotist

Author: Lars Kepler

Published: June 2011, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Source: Goodreads First Reads

Goodreads Description: 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.

My Thoughts: The crime/mystery/thriller part of this was really good. The aspect that focused on Erik’s relationship with his wife was terrible.

As far as the thriller part of the plot goes, I was surprised to find out “who done it.” I didn’t see it coming until the same time Erik figured it out. I thought that part was really well-done, and carried the story.

The relationship between Erik and Simone made me struggle to keep reading. Every relationship has issues, but they never talked to each other about ANYTHING during the entire book. Erik let Simone think things were happening that weren’t, and he pretty much kept her out of the loop of what was happening. I wanted to slam their heads together.

And the dialogue. I don’t know if it was the translation, since I’m assuming this was originally written in Swedish, but something seemed awkward in almost every single conversation in the book. I couldn’t pin it down, it just felt awkward to me.

Finally, the massive flashback in the middle of the book really disrupted the flow. I learned from it, and it added to the plot, but it was in a different tense and point of view and it threw me off a bit.

All-in-all, this was an okay read. If not for the action I may not have bothered finishing it. But I needed to know the answers!

Rating: 3/5

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September 27, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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