The internationally bestselling authors of The Sandman and The Hypnotist return with a terrifying new thriller: Detective Joona Linna–recently returned from compassionate leave–reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable sadistic killer.
The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things.
Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .
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Wow, hold on a minute while I catch my breath! What a terrifying, gripping read this was. This is definitely not a book to read at night on your own as it gets under your skin and plays tricks with your mind. Every noise or scrape made me jump and I had to get up and close all the curtains whilst reading, carefully avoiding looking out the window in case I saw a face peering in at me!
The beginning is very chilling as the reader is introduced to the terrifying scenario of the stalker and what he is capable of. The woman’s terror as she realises what danger she’s in is almost palpable and had me on the edge of my seat as I waited for the killer to pounce as I knew he would. The author slowly lets each scene unravel so the reader feels they are there in the room experiencing everything alongside the victim which makes for a very gripping read.
I felt very sorry for the police in this book as they seemed very affected by the case and helpless to stop the murders. The casual attitude of Margot grated on me a little and meant that I didn’t warm to her as she just didn’t seem to care that someone was going to get killed. The hypnotherapy sessions were quite interesting to read about and I found the use of them in such a situation very intriguing. It was sometimes a bit hard to follow the theory and methods behind it though as they seemed quite complicated.
This was a fairly fast pasted, gripping novel although it did get a bit slower in the middle. It soon picked up though with a explosive ending and the revelation as to who the stalker is was very shocking. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time, especially the lesson to keep your curtains drawn at night!
This is the third book I read read from these authors and I’m very excited to see what chilling story they come up with next. How these books haven’t been made into films yet is beyond me!
Huge thanks to Abby from Knoff Publishing for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review. If you like chilling, gripping reads then you’ll love this book.
About The Author:
Lars Kepler is a No.1 bestselling international sensation, whose Joona Linna thrillers have sold more than 12 million copies in 40 languages. The first book in the series, The Hypnotist, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club and the most recent, Stalker, went straight to No.1 in Sweden, Norway, Holland and Slovakia.
Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for writing duo Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril. They live with their family in Sweden.