The Hypnotist

  • by Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by Eamonn Riley
  • 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them. When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.
Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek. As he delves deep into the boy's mind, he discovers that Josef murdered his own family on the orders of his sister Evelyn. When Joona and Erik journey deep into the woods to find Evelyn, she admits that she was abused by her brother for many years. When she refused to submit to him, he took revenge on the entire family. When Josef escapes from custody and Erik's only son Benjamin disappears from the family home, Erik is thrust into a world of violence and gang warfare, forcing him to revisit his past to discover the truth.

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Confused Drivel .

What disappointed you about The Hypnotist?

It is so poorly edited , jumping back and forth from one unbelievable situation with completely unbelievable characters to another , the thread of the story is so disjointed that after three hours I'd had enough .


Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

I've had two other works by him but I can only assume he must have been under hypnosis himself when he produced this .


What didn’t you like about Eamonn Riley’s performance?

The pace was all wrong for me , he read it too fast , almost like a list that had to be finished quickly , mind , I'm not sure anyone could do much better with something that's writen in such a method acting fastion .


What character would you cut from The Hypnotist?

Most of them .


Any additional comments?

I'm sure the Stockholm tourist board can't have read this or they would be horrified at the thought that people might believe that this is what it's like there , half the characters are portrayed as being certifiable

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- George

Frankly it's not OK, it's poor

There's a bit of fad for Scandinavian crime writers at the moment, on the back of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so I suppose it was inevitable that some of the less good ones would be translated and turned into audiobooks. The Hypnotist is dreadful.

It's dreadful for many reasons. First Eamonn RIley is his usual dreadful self, why do they keep using him? I will admit that he seems to be a little better than he was in the Lackberg novels, but the improvement is marginal at best. But it isn't the plodding and erratic delivery of Riley that ruins this book, it's the totally unrealistic way the characters behave.

Examples are the police keep letting this outsider make first interviews of suspects and visit crime scenes. The central character is not a copper but the author allows him to play at CSi like he is one. The characters are one dimensional and are played like automata, they come in, say their lines and disappear. The descriptions of places and events, while detailed enough, are written in such a way as to not be engaging, and frankly the drug addled doctor who is the central character should have been struck off years ago.

If you've finished the Millennium trilogy and what another fix of cool Nordic crime look elsewhere because this is rubbish. Click in the search box to the left and put in M-A-N-K-E-L-L, hit enter and you'll find some really cool Swedish crime.
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- Russ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-05-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited