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The Hypnotist: A Novel
by Lars Kepler

Published: 2011-11-22
Paperback : 528 pages
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A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction book for 2011
One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011

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 ...

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A Time Magazine Top 10 Fiction book for 2011
One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011

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.

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Water is a central theme for many of the characters throughout the book. In the final scene, water becomes the dominating force. What symbols or metaphors do you feel in this scene?
by sbprimgal (see profile) 07/21/14

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  "The Hypnotist"by sbprimgal (see profile) 07/21/14

This book had me by the tail feathers in the first chapter. It's complex with a convoluted plot. It's mysterious, intriguing, suspenseful and has a dark psyopathic thriller. I had listened to the CD... (read more)

 
  "The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 01/18/14

Lars Kepler is not the Swedish authors’ real name. Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho, a married couple, are the actual authors. The name honors Stieg Larsson, the author of the “Gi... (read more)

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