#22 The Hypnotist – Lars Kepler

Title

The Hypnotist

Author

Lars Kepler

Genre

Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Readability

Easy. It’s an easy book to read.

Engagement

High. It makes you feel your heartbeat every time you restart the reading.

Score

score-4

Title (Original)

Hypnotisören

Year of Publication

2009

Cover

The Hypnotist - Lars Kepler

Short Description & Notes

The Hypnotist is a book about the family of the fifteen year old boy Joseph Ek that is brutally murdered and is himself in a profound coma due to the violence of the assassin. His older sister was not at home at the time of the crime and is now in risk of being the next victim. Erik Maria Bark is a neurologist trained in hypnotism techniques and his services are now required by detective inspector Joona Linna to discover if Joseph can describe the murderer. As expected in a good crime story we are surprised in every chapter with sudden twists. The writing and the sexual contours of this story resembles a lot The Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larson. The quality of the writing and the cultural richness are inferior to the Swedish trilogy of Larson. Nevertheless The Hypnotist is a very good book if you want to experience some emotion and action. Not advisable for those more sensitive.

“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.” – Goodreads: The Hypnotist

Remarkable Quotes

“Tenta lembrar-se de quantas vezes na vida viu e ouviu pessoas com medo. E sabe também que não existe ninguém que nunca tenha sentido medo.”

“Sentam-se na sala de estar. A rapariga abraça a mãe que chora desesperada. O pai parece estranhamente calmo. Joona já viu isso antes. Estes homens – e, por vezes, as mulheres, embora não seja tão frequente – que parecem não reagir, que continuam a falar e a fazer perguntas com um timbre especial na voz, uma certa vacuidade, enquanto fazem perguntas sobre os pormenores. Joona sabe que não se trata de indiferença, mas de uma luta. É uma tentativa desesperada para prolongar o momento que antecede a chegada da dor.”

Fun Facts

Lars Kepler is the pseudonymous used by two Swedish writers. This was the first book that the couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril have written together.

The book was adapted to cinema by the hand of Lasse Hallström although the critics were not very positive.

The second book in this series has Joona Linna as the protagonist and is called The Nightmare.

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