Hyp­notic tale leads you to fu­ture through the past

Kapi-Mana News - - REVIEW -

From read­ing the blurb on the back of The Hyp­no­tist, you think you are about to jump into a com­plex mur­der case where a hyp­no­tist is the only one who can get the an­swers needed.

But the triple-mur­der in­side is re­ally only in­cluded to in­tro­duce char­ac­ters.

Be­fore you even reach the 100-page mark, the mur­derer is un­cov­ered and it’s not ob­vi­ous where the story is go­ing next.

The tit­u­lar hyp­no­tist is Erik Maria Bark, who re­turns to us­ing hyp­no­sis 10 years af­ter his rep­u­ta­tion was ru­ined by a scan­dal. Peo­ple from Erik’s past come back to haunt him and his fam­ily, in­clud­ing his only child, Ben­jamin.

This novel takes us through graphic mur­ders, in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships and into a back­story that shapes the fu­ture.

I found The Hyp­no­tist to be very invit­ing at the be­gin­ning.

The ten­sion is high and there is a lot of ex­cite­ment.

This set­tled as the mur­derer was found, and I won­dered where Ke­pler was tak­ing me next.

Dip­ping into the past didn’t seem to have a point, un­til later on.

While learn­ing about Erik’s past, I won­dered how things con­trib­uted to the story, try­ing to work out the cul­prit be­fore the story re­vealed it.

It was harder than ex­pected as the story held many twists and turns, lead­ing each suspect to a dead end – quite lit­er­ally for some of them. 1/2

Re­view by Ni­cole Bax­ter.

Kyle Mew­burn and Har­riet Bai­ley – Hester & Lester (Ran­dom House) Imag­i­na­tion is the core in­gre­di­ent for most chil­dren’s sto­ries, and is the cen­tral theme of Hester & Lester, about a sis­ter who en­cour­ages her bored lit­tle brother to be­lieve that he isn’t just sitting amongst some trees, but is ruler of a glo­ri­ous king­dom pop­u­lated by colour­ful bugs and sparkling trea­sures.

Mew­burn is a well-re­garded pic­ture book scribe, and his words here crackle and pop with en­thu­si­asm, and re­fresh­ingly don’t rely on much rhyme, but the real at­trac­tion is Har­riet Bai­ley’s pic­tures.

Each page is a splash of colour and creativ­ity as Bai­ley joy­fully jux­ta­poses Hester and Lester’s imag­ined realm against pic­tures of the blander but no less beau­ti­ful re­al­ity.

I’m not sure whether it was in­ten­tional, but I found some of the kids’ ac­tions of­fer a nod to the clas­sic poses of Where The Wild Things Are, and there are a lot of lit­tle de­tails in the art­work that are fun to point out – or get pointed to – with young read­ers.

Though most of the words and the cen­tral theme were likely lost on my 20-month-old son, it didn’t stop him from want­ing to look at the pic­tures four times in one day.

Re­view by Matthew Dal­las.

Lars Ke­pler – The Hyp­no­tist (Blue Door)

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