Author: M. J. Rose
Publisher: Mira; Original edition (April 19, 2011)
Paperback: 416 pages
About the Book:
Haunted by his inability to stop the murder of a beautiful young painter twenty years ago, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work with the FBI's Art Crime Team. Investigating a crazed collector who's begun destroying prized masterworks, Glass is thrust into a bizarre hostage negotiation that takes him undercover at the Phoenix Foundation—dedicated to the science of past-life study. There, to maintain his cover, he submits to the treatment of a hypnotist.
Under hypnosis, Glass travels from ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Persia, while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie while the case takes him from New York to Paris and the movie capital of the world. These journeys will change his very understanding of reality, lead him to question his own sanity and land him at the center of perhaps the most audacious art heist in history: a fifteen-hundred-year-old sculpture the nation of Iran will do anything to recover.
I must first warn anyone who is planning on reading this book, that you might as well just order the first two books in the series right now, because they are going to end in your TBR pile anyhow. Secondly, you should just plan on a long afternoon of reading, because once you start, you won't be able to put this book aside. I had read over 150 pages before I realized it, and if it weren't for having other obligations, I would have NEVER put it aside.
"The Hypnotist" is the third book in Renincarnationist series, but it reads like a stand-alone. With rich character development and an intriguing story line, this book leaves the reader wanting nothing except reading more penned by the author! Truly, M.J. Rose is a master of writing captivating books and I have a sneaking suspicion that she is going to make it to the top of my favorite authors list very soon.
"The Hypnotist" centers around art, art history, and a reincarnation theory. It appears to be well researched and extremely believable and the resolution to the mystery appears quite plausible (and very surprising!). The characters were well developed and I found myself very fond of Lucian Glass. His story and drive were quite appealing to me, but I must admit, I'm one that always favors haunted and obsessed characters.
One of the best books I've read this year, "The Hypnotist" left me wanting to more of MJ Rose's work. All the hype about this author is well deserved. If there is any book you must add to your list, this is the one! You won't be sorry.
Recommended for those that love art history, historical fiction, mysteries and those interested in reincarnation.
About the Author:
M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her next novel THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (Atria/S&S) will be published in March 2012.
Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio.
Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - Authorbuzz.com
The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype.
She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.
To learn more about the author or her work, you can visit her webpage at: http://www.mjrose.com/content/
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I received a copy of this book from the author to read and honestly review.