Detective Joona Linna investigates a brutal murder in which the only survivor is a young boy who has different knife wounds and is in shock. He asks for help from Erik Maria Bark, a hypnotist who had sworn years ago never to use hypnosis again. But what if this is the only option to find the killer?
The story is written in the third person, something I personally do not like to read. This makes it more difficult for me to get into the story and not create a bond with the characters. Besides this, I generally struggled with Lars Kepler’s writing style.
The story is told from different perspectives and there are a few time jumps back to the past. The beginning of the story is interesting when the boy is found and more details about the murder are revealed. Things start to get even more interesting when you find out who committed the murders. You do not see this coming at all. After that, the story starts to get a little boring. At around 400 pages, the story starts to get interesting again. For a book over 500 pages, the end feels quickly written. It is an okay book but personally, this book could have been a lot shorter. Overall I do plan on reading the second book, maybe I like that one a bit more!
Title: The Hypnotist
Author: Lars Kepler
Series: Joona Linna #1
Rating: ★★★ ✩✩