Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Thanks to Stieg Larsson, Swedish fiction is enjoying huge popularity. His Millenium Trilogy became some of the past decade’s best-loved and most-read fiction. Some of Larsson’s many fans are enjoying Lars Keplar’s new book, The Hypnotist.
In the book, Detective Inspector Joona Linna investigates a triple homicide. It seems that it is only a matter of time before the eldest daughter of the murdered family will be killed as well. The lone witness to the crime is a small boy who survived the brutal attack, but is in no condition to answer questions. The detective is desparate and enlists the help of a hypnotist who in turn hypnotizes the child. This unleashes a terrifying series of events that puts an entirely different group of people in danger, including his own son. The twists and turns of the plot will keep the reader up until late into the night.
This novel, currently on the bestseller lists, is one example of the growing popularity of, and the demand for, Scandinavian fiction. There are many more coming in the near future, and hopefully fiction readers will discover a new author within this growing genre.