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Publisher Description

“Lars Kepler … [has] a taste for the macabre and a surefire recipe for the lurid serial-killer thriller. … This is not a book for anyone on heart medication. Kepler is a virtuoso at delivering scenes of suspense.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

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. . .

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 5
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Artymusician ,


Another fantastic book by these authors!! I love Joona, Erik, Margot and Saga even though their skills seem unrealistic at times - more like Superman or Batman. This book was difficult to read at times, and I skipped some of the gruesome parts. Had to sleep with the light on, close my blinds, and double check the door locks after reading this thriller. Yellow rain slickers are forever tainted!

TaylorWilliam1313 ,


This novel was my first experience with the authors and I’m sad to say I was not enthralled. The story starts out decently but quickly dives into the usual, cliched, run of the numbers murder mystery. The killer is painfully obvious. And the writing itself isn’t very sophisticated, it’s very basic and straightforward.

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