A First Reads Win!I had high hopes for The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar (a husband and wife writing team) after winning it on Goodreads and seeing it in my Sunday paper that very same week. Excited to finally win something worth my time from Goodreads I picked it up as soon as it arrived at my door. If you, like me, heard that this is the 'next Stieg Larsson', then you know that that did nothing but set your expectations high in order for them to be dashed. The writing was exciting but the characters were dreadfully dull and parts of the novel simply didn't make any sort of sense. In the past year I think I read bits and pieces of this at least half a dozen times and ended up dragging myself through the finish line. Suffice it to say I was not impressed and won't be waiting eagerly for the other installments to be released to the US.