17 August 2010 ~ 1 Comment

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I’ve heard a lot about this series and always meant to read them, but only got around to it when someone at my book club chose this one. The storyline is really good, the mystery of the unsolved murder, etc. The problem I had is that getting there was tedious. It was half way through that I finally got into it. I would have given up all together if it weren’t for a friends saying “keep going, keep going.”

I don’t really understand the hype. I guess I’m interested to figure out where they are going to go with the story from here enough to read the next one, but I’ll do a lot of skimming if the set up takes as long as this one did. There were just a lot of words used. It felt almost abusive to the poor dictionary at times.

Worth a read, obviously a LOT of people like it. I just found myself saying… “yeah, blah blah blah… get to it” an awful lot in the first half.

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism, and an unexpected connection between themselves.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2010: 56

One Response to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson”

  1. Imogen Rose 17 August 2010 at 10:02 pm Permalink

    Interesting review, thank you. I have this one sitting in my TBR pile, I won’t be pushing it to the top based on what you have said.

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