June 22, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Hypnotist

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lars Kepler
publisher
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
We gave it an A-

A former hypnotist with a prescription-drug addiction and a murky past comes out of self-imposed retirement after a 15-year-old boy barely survives the vicious slaughter of his entire family. The result is a series of complex and creepy events that spiral ? in unexpected directions. Written by ?a married Swedish couple (Lars Kepler is a pseudonym), The Hypnotist? is hardly groundbreaking — is there a cheaper shortcut to suspense than putting children in harm’s way? — but it’s still a worthy addition to the ?ever-expanding ranks of Scandinavian crime fiction. Expect caffeinated ? beverages, inclement weather, and severed limbs. A-

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