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Book Review: The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose

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The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose is the third book in the fictional “The Reincarnationist” series. Each book, while part of the series, is free standing.

FBI agent Lucian Glass is investigating an art collector who is destroying expensive masterpieces and becomes involved in a strange case of hostage negotiation. While working the case, Lucian goes undercover at the Phoenix Foundation and discovers he has flashbacks of past life experiences.

Lucian questions his sanity and reality while getting directed towards an intricate plan to breaking into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and steal Hypnos, the 1,500 year old sculpture of the Greek God of sleep.

The Hypnotist by M. J. Rose was, for me, just the right book at the right time. I moved to a new state with my family, as hard as the move was, being the head of the family did not allow a meltdown (even though I came close).

Even though this book is the third in a series, the series itself is non-sequential. While there are some recurring minor characters and themes, one does not need to read the books in order since each one is a standalone story even though it might help you enjoy the book more.

The chapters are easy to read, and even though there are multiple characters I did not get confused. There are many twists in the book which kept the mystery and suspense up and, of course, all come together at the end.

I would categorize the book as supernatural, only because I don’t read supernatural often. However, it is more a mix of history, mysticism and art. Ms. Rose’s writing is engaging and fluid. The scenes where the author describes past civilizations, which play a key role in the book, are interesting, fascinating and expertly rendered.

The book was a wonderful read to escape from the pressures of everyday life and extra, added on pressures which I might detail at a different time.

(Dis­claimer: I got this book for free as part of the TLC Book Tour pro­mo­tion.)

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