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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,310 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lars Kepler Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Joona Linna Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538465165
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An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever it’s been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it’s America’s turn. Combining the addictive power of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all 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 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.

A #1 bestselling international sensation sure to please fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people: I’m hereby in the latter camp. The Hypnotist is every bit the equal of the Millennium trilogy—riveting narrative momentum, fascinatingly grisly forensics, existential Nordic dread. But there’s more: superior prose, no cartoony characters, and beneath all the noir plenty of old fashioned heart.”

    Kurt Andersen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The summer’s likeliest new Nordic hit.”

    New York Times

  • “One convincing psychotic is about as much as most thriller writers can handle, but Kepler delivers them by the roomful. It makes you wonder where the Swedes have been keeping him/them all this time. I imagine a cabal of nefarious Stockholm publishers loading bulk orders of Larsson onto cargo planes bound for the US while they rub their hands together over a copy of The Hypnotist stamped Not for Export. It’s that good. It’s the hard stuff.”


  • “If the post–Stieg Larsson boom was ebbing, Kepler promises to revitalize the genre by bringing a sulfurous whiff of Hannibal Lecter to this case…A pulse-pounding debut.”

    Financial Times

  • “A worthy addition to the ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Does the world really need another Swedish thriller? The spellbinding exploits of Detective Inspector Joona Linna and the hypnotist he hires to solve a murder make the answer clear.”


  • “This is the thriller that’s taking Europe by storm. Written by a Swedish husband and wife team whose identity was originally a closely guarded secret, it might just be the next Girl with the Dragon Tattoo…Ferocious, visceral storytelling that wraps you in a cloak of darkness that almost blots out the light, but still feeds the imagination: stunning.”

    Daily Mail (UK)

  • “All the hallmarks of a classic…A brutal crime, a missing child, an irresistible detective…This is crime writing at its most devilishly involving.”

    Marie Claire (UK)

  • “The sobriquet ‘the next Stieg Larsson’ is again being thrown around in connection with Lars Kepler…Just a few pages of The Hypnotist quickly puts paid to the accusation of hype; this is commanding, and deeply scarifying stuff.”

    Independent (UK)

  • “Gripping…A natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series.”


  • “Readers will look forward to seeing more of Linna in what one hopes will be a long series.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mark Bramhall’s Scandinavian voices and accents ring so true you forget he’s acting, and the all-important pace he creates is utterly compelling, controlled, and irresistible.”


  • “A new star enters the firmament of Scandinavian thrillerdom, joining the likes of Larsson, Nesbø, and Mankell…There are monsters hiding everywhere beneath the reasonable and rational, and Kepler’s book makes for a satisfying and scary testimonial.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  •  “A cracking pace…Kepler belongs on every international crime fan’s reading list.”


  • “Stieg Larsson may be gone, but his ghost still haunts both the publishing world and the popular imagination.”

    Library Journal

  • The Hypnotist is—yes—impossible to put down. The Hypnotist is—yes—ingeniously put together, like a Swiss watch. The Hypnotist is—Yes!—fabulously entertaining, even gruesomely so. But it is also a serious meditation on evil, human weakness, the infinity of the mind, and the capriciousness of fate.”

    Colin Harrison, bestselling author of Afterburn

  • “[The Hypnotist] now ranks second only to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy in terms of worldwide sales for a Swedish author…Far more energetic than Henning Mankell, as socially involved as Larsson but a better writer, Kepler matches the great Jo Nesbo for gothic excitement.”

    Weekend Australian

  • “Maximum intensity, both psychological and physical, is packed into the story of a family ruthlessly slaughtered—possibly by their own teenage son—and the haunted ex-hypnotist who teases out the buried truth.”

    New York magazine

  • “Lars Kepler enthralls readers with The Hypnotist, just like Stieg Larsson did with the Millennium series.”

    Norrköpings Tidningar (Sweden)

  • “Loved, loved, loved The Hypnotist. I am a huge fan of Scandinavian crime fiction, and The Hypnotist far surpasses anything I have read in the genre…It’s the best thriller I’ve read in a very long time: smart, compulsive, and never predictable. Comparisons run through my mind—Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke, Henning Mankell—all their great books with flawed protagonists that bring the storyline closer to the reader. I think we can sell this book to a very wide audience.”

    Sally Brewster, Park Road Books

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Time Magazine Top 10 Book Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A BookPage Book of the Day, July 2011
  • An NPR Best Book of Summer 2011
  • One of the Wall Street Journal‘s Top 10 Mysteries of the Year 2011
  • Selected for the July 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hank | 2/16/2014

    " I read about 100 pages then quit reading. Couldn't figure out where this book was going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louanne Caspar | 2/14/2014

    " Nice diversion from American thrillers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqui | 2/13/2014

    " Enjoyed the book at the start, then it started to drag a bit. Ending was ok nothing special after it dragged on for so long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sri Vidya | 2/5/2014

    " Really different from any other books I have read. It kept me hooked, loved the character of Joona. What is interesting is that the twists and the plot are totally unpredictable and takes you by surprise through out. Overall a good read. I am happy that I picked the book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Winthrop | 1/30/2014

    " Pretty gruesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/28/2014

    " I highly recommend this book if you're forced to sit in a room for 9 hours watching videos of continuing legal education lectures. It's quite a page-turner; plus, the cover blurb says that you'll like it if you like the Stieg Larsson books, since they share a sense of "existential Nordic dread," and really, who doesn't look for that in a novel? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/19/2014

    " Solid crime novel with scary criminals. Some awkward writing--quality of translation or in the original?--but the plot is very propulsive. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer creelman | 1/17/2014

    " i guess i am going through the phase where i want to read another stieg larsson book because this is my second attempt and this book is worse than the harry hole series. it is so obviously written by two different people that it seems clunky to read. the group therapy sessions were painful to read the story implausible. oh yeah serial killer on the loose and i won't need police protection???? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 1/13/2014

    " it wasn't great. it started out ok but with all the Pokemon stuff and well, whatever. if I were you...I'd skip it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/12/2014

    " A fine Swedish noir, as it goes. But I get annoyed by mysteries that use structure and chronology to create the suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/31/2013

    " it really made me stay up at night. I would have to say that it's one of my favourite novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cortney | 11/25/2013

    " I liked this book better than the other Lars Kepler book. Probably because this is the first book in the series and I thought the plot was tighter. I wouldn't say these are as good as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books as they get compared to a lot, but a decent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anick Lapointe | 9/23/2013

    " Good book. Was a bit scary; the children... brrrr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 7/1/2013

    " I need someone else to read this so that I can discuss this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/30/2013

    " Mediocre Swedish thriller. Would have been much better with about 200 less pages - much too bloated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 11/24/2012

    " Liked it very much, however, think I like "Girl with Tatoo...." a little better, but am anxiously awaiting sequel, "The Nightmare". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 9/25/2012

    " What a wonderfully constructed tale - pacey and at times breathless I totally disagree with comments that deny the existence of character or excitement. I was thoroughly absorbed from start to finish and await the next installment from Inspector Joona with impatience! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christiane | 9/3/2012

    " A page-turning crime story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh Green | 8/1/2011

    " Scary as shib. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dominiek | 6/22/2011

    " Ik ben er niet helemaal uit. Ofwel is dit boek slecht geschreven, ofwel slecht vertaald. Ik heb het na 40 pagina's opgegeven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 6/15/2011

    " Loved reading this , it was a book I couldn't put down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candi | 6/2/2011

    " twists, turns, a story within another story. dark is some areas, it made me guess and when I guessed wrong, it was surprising. A great little read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 6/2/2011

    " Just started this one. On page 50. Hooked me on the first page. This is going to be a good one!!! Stayed up ALL NIGHT finishing this book. Wow! Great read! Chilling! Could not, would not, put it down! If you like mysteries, this is a MUST READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 5/23/2011

    " Loved this. Chilling. Well structured with excellent prose and credible dialogue. Fast p;aced plot with many twists and turns to keep the writer on his/her toes. Subject well researched gaing the writer's respect snd deeper enjoyment of the book.

    Will search for this wrtier's work again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tashana | 5/20/2011

    " Not too bad a pace, lots of twists and turns and the author manages to switch between people without it being jarring. Glad I bought it on a whim. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darklady | 5/19/2011

    " Soberbo!! Um livro que nos prende do princípio ao fim e que junta dois mistérios numa só acção. É uma história sempre em movimento, não se torna aborrecido em momento algum. BRILHANTE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 5/19/2011

    " Received this as an advanced reader's copy ... really enjoyed falling into the story. Well done! "

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About the Author
Author Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a literary couple that lives and writes in Sweden. Both established writers with several published books, they teamed up professionally for the first time to write The Hypnotist.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.