The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this book because NPR touted it to be the next "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy which I enjoyed immensely. While this book is written by Swedish authors and has a few twists and turns as does the Millennium series that is where the comparison stops.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The title, "The Hypnotist" refers to one of the main characters, Dr. Erik Maria Bark, who was formerly a hypnotist but after an awful accident and being accused on implanting false memories he vowed never to hypnotize another person. Enter Detective Joona Linna (I pronounced his name the name "Jonah" for ease of reading.) There has been a terrible murder of a mother, father, daughter, and attempted murder of a son. In order to pursue the assailant and save the last daughter who is presumed to still be alive, Detective Linna seeks the help of Dr. Erik Bark, persuading him to break his promise and to hypnotize one last person in order to save a life. Because of this seemingly innocuous act a string of horrible crimes, including the kidnapping of Dr. Bark's son ensues.
The book is filled with twists and turns and does not disappoint with is sundry of action. Book one is the series was a great summer read, I cannot wait for read book two, "The Nightmare".