The Hypnotist  - Lars Kepler Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all of 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: he has suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s 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 disturbing image on the book cover hints at what is in store for the reader in this gripping, all engrossing slice of ‘Nordic Noir’.
Full of interesting, complex characters plus an intelligent plot makes this so much more than just a thriller. The novel has a lot to say on the failures of society, damaged psyches and family bonds
Be warned it is very dark, very Gothic and the reader finds themselves in a very alarming place indeed. .. and they haven’t even got to the bit about the teenage Pokemon crime ring!