I finished reading “The Hypnotist” by Lars Keplar a few days ago, but with my birthday celebration the review was delayed. I liked this book personally, but it is not something I would recommend to most people. If I were to sum up the book in a sentence, I would say something like “It was gory and fucked up”. I’m not really sure if all Swedish authors focus on some of the more awful things in life, but just like “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series, there was a lot of messed up stuff that went on in the novel.
The initial premise of the book is a young boy is fighting for his life, he was found with wounds all over his body–they didn’t even think that he was alive at first. This boy was found in his home along with his brutally slain mother and younger sister. We found out that his father was also victim to the same fate. Authorities discover that there is another member of the family and since they are unable to find her, they turn to unorthodox methods in order to try to save her life. A hypnotist is called in to get answers from the young boy. The hope is that the young boy remembers something about whoever attacked his family so that the authorities can catch this person before any more damage is caused. What is not expected is that when the hypnotist puts the boy into a trance and has him describe the events that the boy knows exactly who the killer is–himself.
And this is only the beginning. The hypnotist plays a major roll in the book. He tries to help the authorities in this case and ends up having to turn to them for help too. I don’t want to give too much away in case someone does want to read this book. What I’ve already revealed is either on the back cover of the book or in the first chapter.
If you do chose to read this book, just be warned that it is not for the weak-stomached. There is a lot of violence, including sexual violence and incest.
One thing I did find interesting, just a random fact to add on is that Lars Keplar is not actually a person, but a fake name that a couple decided to use. The book is written by two people.