The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler

May 30, 2011

The Hypnotist is a book by Lars Kepler (a pseudonym) , a Scandinavian writer. It has been a top ten best seller in all the countries it has been published in, and I can see why. It is an engrossing book with many twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.

Erik Maria Bark, a specialist in the treatment of acute trauma, is awakened late at night by a phone call. Detective Joona Linna is requesting his help. A boy, Josef Ek, has been found left for dead amongst the bodies of his family. The police fear for the life of his elder sister and pressurize Erik to hypnotize him. He use to practise hypnosis but swore to never do it again due to events that happened ten years ago. Against his better judgement he agrees and sets in motion a chain of events, involving his family and forcing him to go back and confront the past. The use of hypnosis has failed to solve the case, it has unlocked doors that should have remained shut and unleashed a terrifying wave of violence.

This is an enthralling book, with many twists and turns that keep you reading until the end. The use of hypnosis is treated in a matter of fact way and interesting in its own right.  In the book nothing is ever what it seems, you can trust no one and you can’t put it down until you find out what happens. There are a lot of threads in the book and although most of them are resolved, I felt that one of them was not concluded satisfactorily. This did not detract from the book as a whole and it is a really good read.

RRP £12.99 (hardback)

ISBN: 0007359101

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