The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler : translated from the Swedish by Ann Long (2011) – First in the DI Joona Linna series
Found in the Crime shelves at K
Plot Summary from Fantastic Fiction : Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders – against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered.But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is an intended victim – the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die and he is in no condition to be questioned.
Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: 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 had 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.
The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series, soon to be published in thirty-three countries. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction.
Review : Absolutely loved this book.
Swedish thriller/crime authors are always great and this book had the perfect mix of everything a good thriller should have. Twists and turns, just when you think you’ve figured it out, you find out you’re wrong.
Reviewed by : Carolyn