Book Review: The Hypnotist – M.J. Rose

Title: The Hypnotist
Author: M.J. Rose
ISBN: 9780778326755
Pages: 416
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Historical Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Lucian Glass, an agent with FBI’s art crimes division, has been haunted by the past for a long time.  Twenty years ago, he was late meeting his girlfriend at an art gallery, and as a result she was present when someone came to rob the place.  She was killed and Lucian has blamed himself ever since.  Now, one of the missing paintings has resurfaced, and Lucian sees the chance to solve the mystery that’s been unsolved for so long.

Review:

I was a fan of the first two books in M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist series (The Reincarnationist and The Memorist), so I didn’t really think about picking up The Hypnotist – it was a no-brainer for me.  The Hypnotist was another gripping historical thriller that had my attention from beginning to end.

Lucian is a well-written and engaging main character.  He wears his grief on his sleeve, even after twenty years.  When it looks like he might have the chance to solve the mystery and bring the case some closure, he throws himself into his work.  The depth of feeling he still has about his former girlfriend, Solange, is surprising, but it makes it easy to see why he is so passionate about his work.  When he starts to experience past life memories, it’s gratifying to see him try to embrace the process, despite his distrust of Malachai Samuels.

The discussion of art in The Hypnotist was really interesting.  From art theft to art history, it is filled with little attention-grabbing little tidbits.  The addition of reincarnation gave the book a unique premise, setting it apart from the other art theft thrillers out there.

The Hypnotist isn’t perfect; it is slow to get going.  Additionally, it should be read as part of the series, rather than a standalone.  I’ve read some reviews of people jumping into the series, but I would have been completely lost if I had done that.  Overall, I have really enjoyed this series and I hope this isn’t the last of the books.  It’s a fun, engaging read that actually will leave you something to think about.

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Comments

  1. I really like the summary of this book; I was an art history minor in college and love a good mystery so this series sounds right up my alley. I’ll be sure to get the first one first though.

  2. I really like the summary of this book; I was an art history minor in college and love a good mystery so this series sounds right up my alley. I’ll be sure to get the first one first though.

  3. I have this book, but don’t have the first two! Ahh! Now I need to go out and get them, because you make this series sound really intriguing! Thanks for the great review on this one. I will have to let you know what I think of the series as a whole.

  4. I have this book, but don’t have the first two! Ahh! Now I need to go out and get them, because you make this series sound really intriguing! Thanks for the great review on this one. I will have to let you know what I think of the series as a whole.

  5. Thanks for the kind words… but actually you don’t need to read the first two books in the series at all.. there is only one character who continues and he’s not a main character at all… people who have read the first two will see some continuation but people who haven’t read the first two won’t miss out on anything… they are all written to stand alone.

  6. Thanks for the kind words… but actually you don’t need to read the first two books in the series at all.. there is only one character who continues and he’s not a main character at all… people who have read the first two will see some continuation but people who haven’t read the first two won’t miss out on anything… they are all written to stand alone.

  7. I have this one with me and I am going to get to it next year! Great review.

  8. I have this one with me and I am going to get to it next year! Great review.

  9. I loved the Memorist (which I read without having read THE REINCARNATIONIST). Sounds like THE HYPNOTIST would be a good sink-your-teeth into it read for a winter weekend.

  10. I loved the Memorist (which I read without having read THE REINCARNATIONIST). Sounds like THE HYPNOTIST would be a good sink-your-teeth into it read for a winter weekend.

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