“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
― William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
Ended February with another psychological thriller recommended by a friend. The Hypnotist is written by a Swedish husband and wife couple under the pseudonym Lars Kepler. The first half is past paced and has absolutely no pauses that give you a chance to put the book down but the second half is a different pace and a different tone. I was a little baffled by the narrative style.
What starts out as a mass murder of a family turns into the kidnapping of a boy. Detective Joona Linna is the man on the job. He uses an unconventional method – hypnosis to find leads in the mass-murder case. Erik Bark quit hypnotism a decade ago but Joona Linna convinces him to do it just once. As news of this spreads, it opens a can of worms in Erik’s life. Incest, abuse, teenage violence, trauma are woven into the plot. It is gory at times and disgusting at some others. The ending is overly dramatic and reminded me of Bollywood movie endings.
The mass murder that the book starts with reminded of the term ‘McGuffin’ which is defined as an object or device in a film or a book which serves merely as a trigger for the plot.