The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose - BOOK REVIEW10/31/2011 10:58:00 PM
Author: M. J. Rose
Publisher: Mira Books, an imprint of Harlequin
Release Date: May 1, 2011
Hardcover, 416 pages
ISBN 10: 0778326756
ISBN 13: 9780778326755
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If you haven’t been reading M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist series, then THE HYPNOTIST will blow away any excuse you may have had... A memorable, engrossing read, a story that sets a new bar for Rose. Something for everyone: murder, suspense, history, romance, the supernatural, mystery and erotica. These elements are woven together so skillfully that the whole becomes something new and different.... Rose, who never disappoints either her die-hard fans or the casual reader, has surpassed herself.
The Hypnotist is the third installment of M. J. Rose's Reincarnationist series, and it does well as a stand-alone title (a big plus in my book).
Lucian Glass is an FBI agent, part of an elite unit called ACT (Art Crimes Tactical Unit). A former artist who lost a love and almost lost his own life twenty years ago due to an art-related theft, he lives for the job. His job right now is to uncover who is behind an attempt to barter Hypnos, an enormous elephantine artifact, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in exchange for previously stolen works of art. Iran and Greece are both laying legal claim to Hypnos, but there are others, including his current arch-nemesis, Dr. Malachai Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation, who believe that Hypnos may hold an important Memory Tool, an object which can help the owner of it access their past and gain power.
In his undercover role, Lucian himself becomes a patient at the Phoenix Foundation, where under hypnosis, what appear to be his own past lives are uncovered. He also finds out about a young child who is experiencing visions that appear to be from her own past life. All of these lives seem to center around a sculpture that may or may not be Hypnos. Added to the mix is the fact that the artwork to be bartered also has a tie to Lucian's near-death twenty years ago.
There is a bit of everything in this novel. I found myself interested in many facets, but I especially loved the looks into Lucian's past lives. I found myself a bit confused here and there. For instance, I didn't "get" what the heck Memory Tools were for until quite late into the book, and as they play such an integral part in the reason why Dr. Samuels is obsessed, it would have been great to know what they really were much earlier. I also think that there were far too many subplots - one or two could have been set aside to make the read not QUITE so convoluted.
That being said, this is the type of novel that could be made into a killer thriller movie. I still don't believe in reincarnation, but, for just a moment or two during the reading, I may have :) I would have liked to see more depth of character, but in a thriller, that's just something that I sometimes make do without. This one kept me turning the pages, anxious to see who ends up with Hypnos in the end.
Writing: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Characters: 3 out of 5 starsReading Immersion: 3.5 out 5 stars
BOOK RATING: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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