Thursday, 7 July 2011

Armchair Novel Review - The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist
by Lars Kepler

Hardcover, 512 pages
Also available as an eBook.

I'm beginning to see Scandinavia as nations of dark philosophers. I am also now convinced that the best mystery writers come from these Nordic countries.

The Hypnotist is a deep and engaging mystery novel with complex and fascinating characters. Nothing is wasted, all 512 pages are highly tuned, relevant and exciting.

A family is slaughtered. The father in his workplace and the wife and children in the home. Police discover that one of the victims, the son, is still alive, barely. This witness, in a state of shock and protected by the doctors, is the only hope that the investigating detective has of finding out who destroyed this family and why.

Detective Linna enlists the help of disgraced former hypnotist Dr. Eric Bark, pushing him to use his skills to probe the mind of the survivor.

The resulting story is a fast paced novel, a psychological thriller with real depth and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Lars Kepler will definitely be a name to watch in the mystery novel world. 

Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple who live and write in Sweden.

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