Reviewed by Jennifer J.
Twenty years ago, Lucian Glass was unable to stop the murder of his beautiful girlfriend, a gifted young artist. Though he no longer creates original art, Lucian now works for the FBI in a specialized unit that investigates art heists. His current investigation, which involves an art collector responsible for destroying valuable masterpieces, is loosely connected to the Phoenix Foundation and Dr. Malachai Samuels. In disguise as James Ryan, Lucian’s own past memories are revealed to have a connection to the case which he is currently working.
Lucian’s past memories, which are tapped into via hypnosis, may also be linked to a recently discovered statue of the Greek god Hypnos about to go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The lives of others may depend on Lucian to use what he has learned in this life to keep them all safe, including that of a troubled woman who could be the reincarnation of his past love.
M.J. Rose’s The Hypnotist is the third installment in a series that covers a topic I would love to see more of in today’s fiction: reincarnation. She is very scientific in her approach to the subject, having researched some of the leading experts in the field. Like her protagonist Lucian Glass, many readers may not put much faith into the idea of reincarnation. After reading all three of the novels in this series, I’ve decided this is a subject I’d like to personally study more.
Each of the books in this series can be read as a stand-alone novel but I would highly recommend reading them in order: The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, and The Hypnotist. Dr. Malachai Samuels is a driving force in each of these novels, and his chronological actions are slowly leading up to something that has yet to be revealed. I have really enjoyed the character development in Samuels most of all because he is the only character (with the exception of Glass, who was a minor character in The Memorist) that has been in each of the novels.
The first two books seemed very formulaic, and I was relieved that The Hypnotist had an entirely different structure. This has been my favorite of the series so far, and what has convinced me that the rest of the books will be worth my time. The main story arc of the series has been slow to take off, but I’m now beginning to see that there is a purpose and end goal in sight.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.
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