June 30, 2011

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose is the third book in a series that begins with The Reincarnationist and is followed by The Memorist, but it stands perfectly well on it's own.  (I haven't read the other two and I did not feel left out at all).

The Hypnotist is a thrilling and quick moving, smart novel that will keep you thinking once you've closed it.  The book follows Lucian Glass, a member of the FBI Art Crime Team (ACT), as he tries to uncover crimes and mysteries spanning the course of a time between 24 hours and 4 thousand years ago.

The main object Glass comes to protect is an ancient statue, Hypnos.  It was believed that Hypnos was created during the time of philosopher, Pythagorus, and used to help the sick find peace in sleep temples.  As Glass begins to uncover truths about this statue, he also begins to realize how many people are in search of it themselves.  Several countries take claim to it's ownership and hire terrorists to help retrieve it at any cost.  Another takes claim to it's ownership through rightful inheritance.  While still another seeks it for it's hidden mystical powers, in hopes of unlocking the secrets of reincarnation.

Glass is able to learn more about each persons' quest to it's ownership by diving into his own past lives through hypnotism.  He discovers that he has had a hand in Hypnos' history all along and is still being used to protect it in his current life.

It's difficult to write a review for this book because it was written like a puzzle.  There are many characters, and you don't quite understand how they fit into the storyline until the end.  Little by little, the picture starts coming together and you are able to realize the intricacies of the plot.  His is how you know it's truly great writing!  Rose had everything well researched and in order prior to piecing this all together... she really knew what she was doing.  The chapters are very short and each moves to a different character or time, always making you want to read more... just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed... ok, ONE more!

Overall, I found the story to be smart, interesting, thrilling and mysterious.  I really enjoyed it!

4.5 stars!

I received this book free of charge for the purpose of this review.  This is my honest opinion.  

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