I read The Hypnotists last year and really enjoyed it! There was plenty of suspense and action to keep me on edge, plus really awesome characters. So when the sequel showed up on Netgalley, I had to request it! Although I didn’t like it as much as the first book, it was still an interesting read.
I think this book suffers from “second-book-syndrome.” This novel really acts as a bridge between the first and third books and there isn’t much action, which is something I loved about the The Hypnotists. Much of this novel consists of Jax and his family hiding from the antagonist, Dr. Mako and his elite school of hypnotists. I wasn’t very interested during the first half due to the fact there wasn’t much going on, but things really heated up during the last bit.
At a wealthy elderly man’s request, Jax comes by each day and hypnotizes him into sleep in an effort to expand his life so the man can get the necessary treatments for his condition at the hospital. There is a twist (no spoilers!) in the middle of the novel that I never quite believed, which ended up being a problem since everything Jax did from then on was based on this “twist”.
The hypnotism aspect of Mirror Maze was actually really cool, though! What would I do if I had the powers to hypnotize people?
I would probably hypnotize my sister into giving me all her candy. *ahem* Hypnotism is cool, okay? Moving on…
There are some books you read that you can tell are well-written. This is one of them. The plot, pacing, character development, everything was frabjous. You have to give it to Mr. Korman: he is a whiz with words.
Something else to note was the ending. There is a cliffhanger, naturally. I haven’t been able to find any mention of a sequel on the Internet but since this is a new release, it might be too early to look for news on that. I hope there is, since there is so much potential for a sequel and the ending wasn’t satisfying. Hmm…I wonder.