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The Hypnotist

(Reincarnationist #3)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,117 ratings  ·  186 reviews

An FBI agent, tormented by a death he wasn't able to prevent, a crime he's never been able to solve and a love he's never forgotten, discovers that his true conflict resides not in his past, but in a Past Life.
Haunted by a twenty-year old murder of a beautiful young painter, Lucian Glass keeps his demons at bay through his fascinating work as a Special Agent with the FBI'
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Mira (first published 2010)
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Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A priceless sculpture that hides an ancient secret; an FBI investigator haunted by the past; and a terrorist plot involving the theft of magnificent works of art all combine to create THE HYPNOTIST, the unputdownable thriller and third entry in M.J.Rose's superb Reincarnationist series (The Reincarnationist and The Memorist).

No author currently writing in the suspense/thriller category does quite what M.J. Rose does; underpinning her novels is the haunting premise that all of us have past lives
True to the author's style, this third installment in the Reincarnationist series keeps her reader off balance with multiple subplots that have seemingly nothing but everything to do with the story. In this case there is an FBI agent haunted by nightmares and a past murder, a bizarre art collector and an ancient statue that holds the key to the much sought after "memory tools". Along with Malachi Samuels, the tools are the common thread to all the books.
Given all the action, it's puzzling to m
Jessica S.
Oct 17, 2011 added it
Shelves: yuck
I broke my own personal record with this winner--couldn't even get through disc 1. I grabbed this one off the library shelf by accident, confusing it with "The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler. I was bummed when I realized my mistake but figured I'd give it a shot anyway. When the author introduced the first two characters, "Lucien" and "Solange," I knew this wasn't going to happen. Total barf-fest.

If my short attention span and book snobbery has prevented me from realizing a masterpiece, then by all m
Jennifer C
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I definitely enjoyed this book in the series the most so far. It felt more real to me than the others. That is a very subjective statement I am aware, but it's the best way to describe it.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
rather 3.5 but an excellent plot - one feeble character = the girl - well, can't win them all
Ranting Dragon
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caleigh

The Hyponist is a genre-bending thriller by established author M. J. Rose. Although it’s third in The Reincarnationist series, The Hypnotist works perfectly as a standalone despite some recurring characters. FBI special agent Lucian Glass is still in pursuit of Malachai Samuels, a man criminally committed to acquiring a list of ancient Memory Tools that reputedly give a person the power to learn of his or her past lives. A list of those tools could be hidd
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided by publisher

I had not heard of this book (or the series) until Lisa from TLC Book Tours asked me if I wanted to be on the tour. I’m glad she gave me the opportunity to read The Hypnotist because had it not been for her, I probably wouldn’t have found out about this book otherwise. The Hypnotist is the 3rd book in The Reincarnationist series. I have not read the 1st two books but I had no problem reading this book as a stand alone.

The beginning of the book felt like I was get
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
From My Blog...[return][return]The Hypnotist is the third book in M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist series and the first one I have read. The previous two novels are The Reincarnationist and The Memorist, which inspired the television series, Past Life, which I have never seen, and a rather round about way of me stating that while the genre was not for me, the writing is absolutely brilliant. The Hypnotist opens with the death of Lucian Glass, which occurred twenty years ago, but now Lucian is an F.B ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A murder, art crime and past life study, what more could you ask except interesting writing and a good plot, which is also here.
Lucian Glass is not only an agent with the FBI's Art Crime Team, but he has just lost a special love and has learned of an art theft of several masters. He is on the trail of the art theft when he comes face to face with his own understanding of what is real and what is not.
Into the mix is introduced the question of reincarnation and whether or not a piece of sculptu
Jun 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is third in a series of books written by M.J. Rose. However, this is the first one I have read.

Agent Lucian Glass is on the trail of Malachi Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation who is after the Memory tools that could prove whether people are reincarnated. Lucien’s first love Solange was killed during a heist of a Matisse that was stolen 20 years earlier which may be tied to Samuels’ quest for the artifacts. Lucien becomes involved with Emmeline, who is Solange’s cousin and Lucian starts
Darcia Helle
This is the third book in M.J. Rose's Reincarnationist series. I have not read the first two, but received a review copy of this one from the publisher through A reader can easily jump into the middle of this series, though, after having read The Hypnotist, I will definitely go back and read the first two!

The plot is intricate, full of twists and complications that require the reader to be paying attention. While reincarnation is the central theme, we're taken through an ancient w
Bri Clark
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it

Wow my TBR just grew by two. After reading this book I must read the two prior in the series. While as a stand alone it more than delivers but to be able to enjoy two other of these masterpieces only adds to the joy I had from this one. Lucien is a character to connect with and love. Even when he thought he was going insane I felt the fear that created in him, the doubts he had. All the elements of a cross genre novel...which means it's awesome on so many levels. History, mystery, romance, actio
Steven Farmer
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well how about that -- I finally won something here. :)
Liza Nahas
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.75* I enjoy this series & this one was good, but I sometimes had trouble pulling all the characters together.
Pamela Tracy
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I will definitely go back and read the first two. Read... I think listening to this one on audio was hard. There are quite a few points of view, and although the narrator was spectacular, I didn't always catch that I was in a new character's head until a few lines passed. That being said, this book needed all those threads. Loved the history, and the underground library, and all the art.

I didn't guess the murderer until near the end. Then, it made a lot of sense. Good job, M.J.

I checked this out
Barbara Bahr-gerstner
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I was going to give this story just three stars but then the last third of the book reeled me in. I was having a little bit of trouble with the various characters and keeping track of who they were, but that may just be me. It was definitely a good story though and I love MJ Rose's unusual twists in all of her books.
N. Samuelson
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great mystery and insight into the art world and museums. Lots of historical elements. Very well researched and interesting book with great plot, kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the past life elements and MJ Rose provides wonderful substantiating facts and validity for the case for past lives. I really like how this element is key to the characters and story line. Very good book.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Hypnotist, Lucian Glass, working with the Art Crime Team (ACT), goes undercover to investigate the destruction of some very old and valuable paintings. While he's undercover he submits to being hypnotized. It's during these sessions that he travels back in time and learns of his past lives. As he does so, he learns new information that just might help him solve the mystery in his current life.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed me on the very first page, which doesn't usually
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in the paranormal
This is a series review. Original post at Layers of Thought.

A page turning paranormal thriller series with historical fiction and an ancient religious belief system embedded in the stories.

Mini Synopsizes ~ The Reincarnationist: Some precious stones with paranormal properties have been stolen from a newly discovered pre-Christian archeological site in Rome, dating around 400 AD. The stones purportedly can help one to remember past lives.

The story is primarily set in the present but moves back in
This book was incredibly good--there is suspense and mystery, history and romance, all blended and paced perfectly. Just as Book 2 used music as a central theme, this book uses visual art, specifically painting and sculpture. Just as in Book 2, I love the historical details. (The author explains at the end what is fact and what is fiction, for those who have not yet read the book.) Add to this rich mix the subject of reincarnation, and you have a powerful, fascinating story. You don't have to b ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Hypnotist is book three in The Reincarnationist's series. It is a mystery suspense thriller with mild to moderate expletives and violence.

Lucian Glass works for the FBI as part of their Art Crimes Team who has a past surrounded by murder and mystery. At nineteen, he returns from his artist studio, to find his girlfriend murdered and hanging amongst the picture frames of her father's framing business. However, before Lucian can react, he too is attacked and left for dead, now twenty years lat
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose is a different kind of mystery/thriller than I usually read in that it has an intriguing mix of mystical lore, ancient mythology, psychology, and action. I haven’t read any of the previous novels in the Reincarnationist series, and while that did not deter from my enjoyment of The Hypnotist, references to the overarching story thread running through the series provoked my interest in picking up The Reincarnationist and The Memoirist.

As I understand it, the pursuit of
Karielle at Books à la Mode
The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose
Series: Reincarnationist (#3)
Release Date: April 19th, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: 412
Source: Pump Up Your Book for review, as part of The Hypnotist's blog tour

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 neg
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mom's Review: Having read the first two books in this series, “The Reincarnationist” and “The Memorist”, I must say that though the first two are really very good, this book is the best of the three. While the first two books were enjoyable enough for me to continue with the series, “The Hypnotist” is an excellent read, with a slightly faster pace, and it leaves me looking forward to the next book. It was captivating enough that I read the book in one day because I literally did not want to put ...more
Apr 23, 2011 rated it liked it
When it comes to the thriller genre, I'm not often entertained. I've tried reading a couple of Dan Brown novels and couldn't get beyond the first fifty pages or so. And while I finished a Robert Ludlum novel a few years back, anything in it that didn't involve a gun fight or brawl disappointed me to no end. I did manage to find enjoyment recently in Layton Green's The Summoner, which offered a little bit of supernatural atmosphere into the plot, so when approached to review this thriller/mystery ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Lucian Glass has been investigating the co-director of the Phoenix Foundation, Malachi Samuels, for well over a year. The man is suspected in the death of at least one person in his quest to obtain the ancient memory tools that he thinks will allow him to remember his previous lives. Nothing is more important to him, he is single minded but very, very careful. Thus far, Lucian has been unable to find anything more than circumstantial evidence of Malachi's guilt.

Meanwhile, Lucian is bat
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

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
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
I'm going to admit right now that I loved the beginning of this book. It starts with such a violent act that I was a little stunned by the suddenness of it. As I was reading it, I was struck by the randomness of the act. It's only later that I found out the killing wasn't so random.

Despite how cool the beginning was, I almost gave up on this one within the first few chapters. Lots of characters don't normally get annoying as quickly as they did this time out. There were so many thrown at me so
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
M. J. Rose's Reincarnationist series is popular, but I've remained skeptical. I find reincarnation kind of goofy. Objectively, reincarnation is far less goofy than vampires or fairies, which I like. I prefer to treat it like magic instead of something serious, however, because if I take it seriously I find it kind of horrifying. But I did enjoy Kirsten Miller's THE ETERNAL ONES, so I decided to give Rose's THE HYPNOTIST a chance.

I have not read the first two books in the series, but I caught up
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