My Thoughts

I started the Joona Linna Series in the middle with Stalker, book #5, and I loved it.  So I bought books #1-#4 and then requested #6.  There is something about the way Kepler writes that just pulls you in and keeps you engaged until the very last page.  Since I did start with Stalker, I was glad to see that these really can be read as a standalone.

I feel like all Nordic Noir starts off with a grisly crime, and this was no exception.  I think that’s why Nordic has become my go to for being creeped out.  The last few books I’ve read that are supposed to be horror did nothing for me.  Then I open a Kepler book, and my skin starts to crawl!  That’s what I’m talking about!  The detail about the dead bodies is spot on and a little more than I needed, but I’m here for it.  

There are two different cases to solve.  A homicide and the kidnapping of the hypnotist, Dr. Erik Maria Bark’s, son.  There was a lot of backstory behind what led up to the kidnapping of the boy, but it was significant in the end.  Since this book is called The Hypnotist, Erik’s job and home life are the big story here.  He is an expert in hypnotherapy helping patients to unbury the past, but sometimes the past should stay buried.  

Heart racing, page turning, and dare I say hypnotizing are the words I would use to describe this book.  #1 and #5 down, four to go!  I may just read Stalker again!

Book Rating: 4/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon.


Goodreads Synopsis

A gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. There’s only one surviving witness–the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. The boy was supposed to to be the fourth victim, but somehow he survived. He’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a catatonic state. Desperate for information, Linna enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to hypnotize the boy, hoping to uncover the killer through his memories.

Bark has sworn he would never do this kind of work again because of the long-term effects it can have on a patient’s psyche. But Linna won’t relent, and the doctor breaks his promise. When he hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events comes to light. This sensational thriller will have you mesmerized from its very first page.