The Hypnotist

by Lars Kepler

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When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Inspector Joona Linna is brought in to investigate the murky case and soon uncovers an unsettling connection to disgraced hypnotist and medic Erik Maria Bark. With uber-villains in the Thomas Harris mould and a labyrinthine plot, this is set to be the veritable heir to the Stieg Larsson series. Unsettling and gripping.

Maxim Jakubowski

The Hypnotist Synopsis

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won't have any of them. Tumba, Sweden A triple murder, all the same family. The killer is at large, and it looks as if the elder sister escaped the carnage. But she is missing and it seems only a matter of time until she too is murdered. Detective Inspector Joona Linna demands to investigate the grisly aftermath -- against the wishes of the national police. Where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy, Josef, whose mother, father and little sister were killed before his eyes, and he's in shutdown, comatose with shock. Obsessed and desperate, Linna turns to disgraced specialist Erik Maria Bark!

The Hypnotist Press Reviews

The thriller that's taking Europe by storm!ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness. It's stunning.'

'All the hallmarks of a classic... Tense, clever and multilayered!this is crime writing at its most devilishly involving.'

'If the post-Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalise the genre by bringing a sulphurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case!it's a pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.'

'[An] ingenious whodunnit that grips you round the throat until the final twist.'


'A genuine chiller!commanding and deeply scarifying stuff.

'Crammed with memorable characters and well-crafted subplots.'

'A rollercoaster ride of a thriller full of striking twists.'

'One of the best -- if not best -- Scandinavian crime I've read.'

'A terrific debut laced with some truly unsettling revelations.'

'An horrific and original read.'

'The summer's likeliest new Nordic hit.'

'Riddled with irresistible, nail-biting suspense, this first-class Scandinavian thriller is one of the best I've ever read.'


'This is not for the faint-hearted but the cracking pace and absorbing story mean it cannot be missed'

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ISBN: 9780007359127
Publication date: 24/05/2012
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007359103
Publication date: 12/05/2011
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007359127
Publication date: 24th May 2012
Author: Lars Kepler
Publisher: Blue Door an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,

About Lars Kepler

A No. 1 bestselling international sensation, Lars Kepler has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies of the Joona Linna series in Sweden alone. Their first thriller, The Hypnotist, has just been released as a film, directed by Lasse Hallström. The Fire Witness is the third thriller in the Joona Linna series following on from The Nightmare in 2012. Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.

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