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  • The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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By: Lars Kepler
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Summary

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them. When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.

Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek. As he delves deep into the boy's mind, he discovers that Josef murdered his own family on the orders of his sister Evelyn. When Joona and Erik journey deep into the woods to find Evelyn, she admits that she was abused by her brother for many years. When she refused to submit to him, he took revenge on the entire family. When Josef escapes from custody and Erik's only son Benjamin disappears from the family home, Erik is thrust into a world of violence and gang warfare, forcing him to revisit his past to discover the truth.

©2011 Lars Keplar (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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good read

Pretty good story, very nicely paced, make a decent holiday read. I would recommend it

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What did you like most about The Hypnotist?

The story was well constructed, it slowly pulled you in, there is a nice level of complexity to the story

What other book might you compare The Hypnotist to, and why?

if you like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Harry Hole you will like this, it is a tried and tested formula. However, the lead character does not have the personality or depth as other characters such as Harry Hole etc.

Would you be willing to try another one of Eamonn Riley’s performances?

No

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Great story in Steig Larsson mould

The story is very dark and touches on difficulty situations, it has twists and reveals all the way through. It starts so simply you think you know where it is going. Can't wait for the next book. Can't recommend highly enough. Finally a Millenium Series heir.

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The hypnotist

Not a bad story, quite a bit far fetched at some points, but 17h, far, far too long. I also struggled with the narrator’s voice and accent.

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Twisted and Flawed!

If you like your plots twisted and your characters flawed then this is the one for you! 😀
Well-told, it kept me riveted throughout.

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a good thriller. Worth sticking with.

it is written like it is present tense, and that was hard to get used to. I wasn't sure I would get through it, in the end I am glad I persevered. There also strange uses of time in the narrative early on but I think they realised it was irritating and stopped.
The hero Jonah is quirky and fun, and there is even a love interest.
The hypnotist part and the therapy group is a bit long winded but pays off in the end. All in all a thoroughly good romp. I would say that it is pretty gruesome and not a book for the faint hearted. Anyway I hope this helps. I will definitely get the next one in the series.

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First Lars Kepler and not my last!!

A good mixture of past and present intermingled well to keep you guessing. The madness of the group as individuals was clever throwing you off the scent. And with the popularity of Pokeman at the moment - an interesting historical perspective from the Pokeman first-timers.
I'm at the bottom of the ocean breathing bubbles...

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Amazingly Written, Fantasticly Read!

What a masterpiece by Lars Kepler. This audiobook has brought me into a genre of books I never thought I'd be too interested in. Crime/Thriller. After listening to the first few chapters it's safe to say I was hooked right to the finish.

Eamonn Riley reads with such enthusiasm you feel like you're the extra (invisible) character in this book. It's gripping, gruesome, gory and great.

A must buy!

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Great narrator.

I enjoyed this book, especially as it was really well narrated. I did lag a little in the middle but it didn't really detract from my enjoyment

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stick with it... amazing book

a winding and twisting story... ending to a great climax. ignore the reviews that say otherwise

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