The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler Review

 I’ve had this book and TBR shelf forever, but since the reprint is out, I decided it was time to read this! I read the old version though since I didn’t have the new version. I would be interested in reading the reprint since a lot of people were mentioning how bad the initial translation was. I didn’t find the translation particular bad, I was really into the story at the beginning of the book. It was so creepy, atmospheric and a page-turner. However, once the story went towards the Hypnotist’s story and background, it got dull for me. The ending was unpredictable and quite action packed, however, I feel like there’s a part of the story that was missing. I still have a lot of unanswered questions, mostly regarding the crime that started it all, the murder of the family. I will continue with the Joona Lina series, I did really like his character. I just hope that the other books have a better storyline.

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.

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