TITLE: The Hypnotist
AUTHOR: Lars Kepler
SERIES: Joona Linna
GENRES: Mystery, Thriller
FORMAT: Finnish edition hardcover
Prepare for The Hypnotist to cast its spell
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.
The Hypnotist. I finally picked up this book after my sister has been praising the whole series for too long. We both love thrillers so I took her recommendation. She did also tell me that it was hard for her to get into the first book but it gets better as the series go on.
I completely agree with her! It was so hard to keep on track at first. The story hopped from one thing to another without much explanation. But once I finally got the hang of things, it was quite good and exciting.
If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I prefer books written in first person. And this was not it. The Hypnotist has multiple characters and they are all kind of mushed together through third person writing. So there you are, trying to keep up with who is who and what it going on right now.
There also were a lot of chapters. Those all had a title with a date on it. That was kind of unnecessary since a lot of things happened during the same day and same time period. A some point I just didn’t bother to even check the date stamp, just kept on reading.
Simone irritated me a lot. There was something in her that kept rubbing me in the wrong way since the first meeting. I just, ugh. Erik seemed like a man who couldn’t stand up for himself. Joona on the other hand was a basic Finn man, hah. It was so amazing to read about Finnish main character in a foreign book.
There were also some problems between some characters that I hoped would have been talked through. Those were kind of a big part of the book so now it only feels like everything was forgotten and forgiven just like that. For me those were big things to deal with so I would have hoped some kind of a closure.
All in all The Hypnotist has it’s ups and downs. Some nights I spent reading way past midnight because it was too thrilling to put down. But then there were also a lot of parts that almost made me want to skip past. I’m trusting my sister and will continue with Joona Linna’s adventures as crime investigator!