By MJ Rose
Lucian Glass is an FBI agent with the Art Crime Team, a long suffering artist, and a man damaged by not only his past but his job. Working though a recent head injury, headaches plague him along with dreams of unknown women and the love of his life — a woman murdered at 19 years of age. Attacked in the same robbery where his girlfriend lost her life, Lucian lives with guilt over not being able to save her and surviving. That guilt pours over into his job tracking and retrieving stolen art. When he is pulled into a case involving his dead girlfriend’s family, his life takes one stumble after the other pulling him into a game with too many players all wanting the same thing.
The Hypnotist is the third book in The Reincarnationist series. I haven’t read the two previous books: The Reincarnationist and The Memorist. As a standalone book, The Hypnotist worked but as a person who loves a series, I wished I had read the two earlier ones but was already into this one when I realized that was the case.
Lucian is a tortured person and one who doesn’t seem to want much help either. As a character, he can be frustrating but it also lends him the sad artist persona, sketching away in his notebook trying to ease headaches that only cease when he’s frantically drawing women he doesn’t know. A sculpture with a mythical power that no one understands fully is at the center of the story but the focus is on its heist, however, I wanted to know more about what it could do. It was a part of the story I started to get into when it ended. In fact, a few of the story lines ended abruptly for me but also left me wondering if another book is in the works.
I liked this book and moved through it fast. I’m a lover of museums and staring at art for no other reason than to admire its simple beauty and I found myself getting entranced by that aspect of the story. I haven’t been to the MET in years (much of the story takes places there) and this book made me want to go back. It also made me want to pick up the other two books to get the back story
I won this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. The book was downloaded as an ebook from NetGalley.