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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Book Review - The Nightmare

For anyone who has been following my blog, the last entry was on The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar. But believe it or not, it was The Nightmare that I read first. This was the book that enticed me to go back and read the first entry in this series. After having read both novels I still believe The Nightmare to be my favorite of the two!

The second novel in the series by Lars Keplar sees the return of detective Joona Linna, this time in a more predominant role.

There is a dead lying in her bed, on a boat, drowned. Joonna has no idea what to make of this and dives into his investigation. Meanwhile, the girls sister is on the run, fearing for her life as a strange man preys on she and her boyfriend. But this man is no amateur. Someone has hired a hitman to come after them and he's as deadly as they come. With nothing to go by but a photograph, detective Joona Linna must race to solve the case and free the lovely couple from their growing nightmare. There is a dark presence hiding away in the shadows as the puppet-master behind it all. Can Joona bring him down? Or will the hitman bring him down first...

This was the best book I've read so far this year and it was definitely an improvement on The Hypnotist which was already a phenomenal book. If you haven't had a chance to get into the series or you've already read the first novel, you'll definitely love this one. Lars Keplar has a way with words that will hold your interest from the moment you pick up the book all the way through to the end!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Book Review - The Hypnotist

This is a book that's been out for awhile now, but it only recently caught my attention. There was quite a bit of hype around the book when it hit the bestseller list but it wasn't until the second book in the series titles The Nightmare came out that I was reminded of this one. That being said, I think I've found my knew favorite author!

As the title suggests, the story is based around a hypnotist. A man devoted to his career and with a fascinating talent in what he does. He is called in suddenly  to a hospital to help with the investigation of a serial killer. His patient is a 15 year old who is in critical condition and near comatose. Little did the detectives know, but Erik Maria Bark has vowed never to hypnotize anyone ever again. Due to a tragic accident, he was forced to end his prominent career and change the course of his life forever. However, the circumstances are different now and a woman's life hangs in the balance. Will he break his vow to save a life?
Delve into the mysterious past of Erik Maria Bark and the events leading up to his tragic fall from hypnosis and his current predicament. This book will shock you.

Lars Keplar does a phenomenal job of keeping the reader on their toes and gaining your interest at every turn. There was a point when the book transitioned to the past and did not make clear that it had done so. Many times confusion alone is enough to make you put the book down, but in this situation, the author writes so flawlessly that my interest never wavered. I was overall extremely impressed with both the book and the author and I'll be happy to share book two of this series next week. Get ready for Lars Keplar and The Nightmare!