I just finished reading The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. It is one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. I was hooked right from the beginning when the book opens with a terribly gruesome multiple murder. There is only one survivor, a fifteen year-old boy. This is how we are introduced to Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist at the center of Kepler’s story.
Detective Inspector Joona Linna asks Bark to hypnotize the boy in an effort to find out who perpretrated the crime and to possibly save the boy’s older sister. Bark has sworn never to hypnotize again and it has been more than ten years since he last practiced hypnotism. He reluctantly agrees and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.
The Hypnotist is an international bestseller and is set to appear in thirty-seven countries. Stieg Larsson fans need to check out this book. With Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and Roslund and Hellström’s book Three Seconds in their camp, I would say that the Swedes are the current masters of crime fiction!
Book Details: Published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux (June 21, 2011), 512 pages, ISBN: 0374173958.