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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lars Kepler, Laura A. Wideburg Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joona Linna Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781427222558
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Lars Kepler returns with a piercing, bestselling sequel to The Hypnotist

After spellbinding audiences in The Hypnotist, Detective Inspector Joona Linna is back in The Nightmare, an internationally bestselling Swedish thriller published to critical acclaim in dozens of countries. As the Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet put it, "The reader is ready to sell his own soul for the opportunity to read this book without interruption, in one sitting."

On a summer night, police recover the body of a young woman from an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, and the forensics team is sure that she drowned. Why, then, is the pleasure boat still afloat, and why are there no traces of water on her clothes or body?

The next day, a man turns up dead in his state apartment in Stockholm, hanging from a lamp hook. All signs point to suicide, but the room has a high ceiling, and there's not a single piece of furniture around—nothing to climb on.

Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, but the logistics are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. At its core, the most frightening aspect of The Nightmare isn't its gruesome crimes—it's the dark psychology of its characters, who show us how blind we are to our own motives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mark Bramhall follows his success with Kepler's THE HYPNOTIST to envelop listeners in another thriller featuring detective Joona Linna…Bramhall is a maestro of the musical cadences of endless Swedish proper names and locations. The unfamiliar words, definite tongue-twisting challenges, are rendered perfectly, or at least perfectly believably to American ears. Bramhall orchestrates the highs and lows of both inflection and emotion, as well as tenderness and error. He carefully sorts dozens of characters with simple vocal and emotional color, including the teams of police officers. The challenges of this narration are all met – brilliantly. AudioFile Magazine, AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

  • This is a crime fiction with real depth, multifaceted characters and a relentless, pounding pace. BookPage
  • Narrator Mark Bramhall smoothly handles tongue-twisting Nordic names, and sets a pace that allows the listener to properly process the often-perplexing events without diminishing their chilling effect. Publishers Weekly

  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Mystery
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Smith | 2/10/2014

    " After reading the hypnotist this was a HUGE HUGE HUGE let down. I could not put down the hypnotist and read the over 500 page book in days this one took me 3 weeks... It had so much extra full in it that was not needed. So really if you loved the hypnotist like I did don't read this one or you will be disappointed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afsheen | 2/5/2014

    " I liked the plot, and I liked the way the story was build up. A definitive high point ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/29/2014

    " Fantastic read, intelligent, highly descriptive with great twists in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Cullen | 1/16/2014

    " I found that I enjoyed this book much more than the Hypnotist. The plot did not get side tracked like in their first book. The plot was intriguing. The character is very interesting and I would like there to be more about him. The book is focused primarily on the crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sébastien Gass | 1/15/2014

    " Better than "l'hypnotiseur"... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/10/2014

    " A quick read, the first book in this series was quite dark, like the first book of the Millennium series. But this book was a mostly a straight up caper. Enjoyable though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/9/2013

    " An excellent book. Still searching for the new Stieg Larsson, but Kepler get's close to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 11/15/2013

    " Great read. Even better than The Hypnotist! Fast paced. Many plot twists. Well crafted story. Bravo! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 11/7/2013

    " Good, not great.. if you love Scandinavian crime fiction put it on your 'to read' shelf, otherwise its probably not for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/31/2013

    " Infinitely better than 'The Hypnotist' - mind you, that wouldn't be hard. A racy plot, slightly better characterisation than its predecessor, but still a lot of superfluous violence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Jarvis | 10/25/2013

    " For a long time I didn't know where the author was going with this book. It started off and finished at a fast pace but there were times in the middle that I seriously considered not finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 8/22/2013

    " Damn good for a mystery read. Not an ounce of fat. Interesting characters, excellent plotting, & enough politics & over-the-top action to keep the men interested too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christa | 7/6/2013

    " No where near as good as The Hypnotist. Disappointing. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/10/2013

    " crisp, present tense thriller very much in the Scandinavian noir mode. I gave this four stars for enjoyment value, so be aware of my bias toward this style and genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Astrid | 4/15/2013

    " Read it in Swedish and I enjoyed it. It's not an amazing book, but it's hardly one I regret buying to read during a day of travelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Semonè | 3/25/2013

    " I got this book Thursday Aug 2,2012. On page 163. If i didn't have to work, this book would be done. Hope to finish it Friday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 3/23/2013

    " A little contrived in places. Not as good as his last book, The Hypnotist". Interesting setting in Sweden and some interesting characters--although a little improbable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deadra | 8/28/2012

    " I like this Swedish author almost as much as Stieg Larson. "

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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.