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Publisher's Summary

Your mind is his playground.

A gruesome triple homicide. There’s only one surviving witness - the boy whose family was killed before his eyes...and he can’t remember what happened. 

The police are desperate for information. Detective Joona Linna enlists the help of hypnotist Erik Maria Bark. But when Bark unlocks the secrets in the boy’s memory, he triggers a terrifying chain of events that will put all their lives in jeopardy. 

©2018 Lars Kepler (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night.” (NPR)

 “Compellingly grisly.” (Vogue

“A gripping series of twists and turns... .A natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series.” (Parade)

What listeners say about The Hypnotist

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Gripping and mysterious!

I've read a lot of crime drama novels and this is definitely one of my favorites! I'm also picky about the narrators voice when it comes to audiobooks. This narrators voice didn't annoy me like some do. He did an excellent job with his acting and expressions. I could really imagine the scenes and characters clearly in my head as I listened. if you like Jo Nesbo, Henning Georg Mankell or Stieg Larson you will love his!

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Suspenseful!

The Lars Kepler team is so good. I can hardly put their books down. This one was, as always, a good read BUT anytime I’m reading and come across child abuse I have a hard time. Wish they’d stay away from that topic, but it is out there, unfortunately. Overall though I would recommend this book.

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Storyline was lacking

The Hypnotist could have been a fantastic story. I'm aware it was a really long book, however, it FELT like a really long book. It was like multiple books inside one, there is almost 3 storylines going on and I'm not sure it worked for me. I kept listening and I liked the story but there was just so much extra that didn't feel necessary and for me that was the issue. Also, I felt like the husband and wife had the worst communication that I have ever seen. I have no idea how their relationship continued as it was and how they never talk to each other throughout the book. It all felt off, wrong.

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Good story

We’ve been audible members for 18 years so this isn’t our first audio book.

The author does a good job of telling the story. It’s the story. There are ways to give you the sense of violence without dragging it out. We bought the book to hear an intelligent mystery novel.

The narrator was excellent. Carried the accents well enough that we would look for him as a narrator again.

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Waaaaaaay too Long

I really wanted to hang in there but gave up at chapter 83. It dragged on and on. Could've shaved over an hour or 2 off the book. I'm not giving up though. I do like this this team of Authors and Love the Narrator, have several books spoken by him

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Tee-Dee-Us

Is it me or was this book way longer than it needed to be? The story had a promising start, the narrator was fine. I managed to finish it...surviving a convoluted plot, bizarre twists, plodding flashbacks and a chapter with an odd switch from third to first person POV. The characters were loose sketches, but the dialogue did help me rank the least likeable among them. (Did anyone not find Simone unpleasant and annoying?) I'm less harsh than I'd be otherwise because of my more positive experiences with Lars Kepler crime fiction. For anyone wanting to wade into the Joona Linna series, sorry but I don't suggest beginning with this one.

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Simply awful

Thus is one of the worst books I've ever listened to. The plot was all over the place with a veritable clown car full of villains. It just drags on and on. There are over 100 short chapters, but each one begins with a time and date stamp. This isnt necessary if the chapters are only five minutes long and 20 chapters in a row have the same stamp. Some of the problem is translation, some is narration, but the majority is the writing and plotting. It makes no sense and has too many loose ends. For example, men walking around with blood dripping from their shorts, a suspect bites a police officer and nothing further is said about it, a naked boy is found hiding under a bed with a naked man and a video camera - but the police leave them under the bed and do nothing???

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Excellent dark drama

This compelling, and often creepy, story is full of suspense and twists as each chapter unfolds! Could not put it down.

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Terrible waste of time!

The characters stated out okay but quickly became too flawed to care about them. I just couldn’t wait for the end. I gave up on the whole story.

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Great story

Great thriller, good story, psychological thriller , gave me a moment to think about hypnosis, keeping me to listen all the time.