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The Hypnotist

A Novel

by Lars Kepler

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The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2011
    512 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"Starred Review. While Kepler's protagonists lack Lisbeth Salander's charisma and the loose ends are too neatly tied up, the high-octane plot will capture readers bored by Stieg Larsson’s sometimes glacial social and political asides." - Library Journal

"A cracking pace makes up for the rather-flat-seeming characters. Still, Kepler... belongs on every international crime fan's reading list." - Booklist

"[T]here is a kinetic, filmic quality to the book, perhaps springing from the fact that the duo's inspiration is actually film rather than the written word." - The Independent (UK)

"Lars Kepler enthralls readers with The Hypnotist, just like Stieg Larsson did with the Millennium series." - Norrkopings Tidningar (Sweden)

"A carefully woven web of suspense, a sharp dialogue and a very inventive way indeed of dealing with how a tormented brain works." - Swedish Radio (Sweden)

"The book's structure is tremendously skillful. The suspense and the uneasiness only increase, while I chew my nails shorter and shorter." - Aftonbladet (Sweden)

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perfect summer reading
The tension in this book continued from the first page to the last. Achingly good book that will intrigue people who love Stieg Larsson's work.

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Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is a pseudonym of Alexander & Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril, who live and write in Sweden.

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