Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

by Stieg Larsson
Knopf Doubleday Publishing, 2009
608 pages
*Bought from local bookseller

Summary: Mickael Blomkvist is a journalist who is in the middle of a professional crisis. Convicted in court of libel, he distances himself from his job as publisher and writer for Millennium magazine when an unusual offer comes his way. Henri Vanger offers Mickael a job researching the disappearance of Henri's niece 40 years ago. With the help of hacker Lisbeth Salander, Mickael learns the Vanger family secrets and just what happened to Harriet Vanger all those years ago.

Review: The summary is just a small piece of what actually happens in this book. The novel is chocked full of plots and subplots that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. However, it did take me a good 100 pages to become engaged in the story. There was a lot of set up which completely paid off in the end, but felt long and laborious in the beginning. The characters are well developed and the writing is crisp. I will say that this may not be the right book for everyone. There is a great deal of torture and sexual assault throughout the novel. With that said, I absolutely enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy. Rating: **** out of 5

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Kerri said...

The books just get better as the series develops. Enjoy.

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Literary Feline said...

This book is on my must read list this year. I'm reading a book right now that's spending a lot of time on set up and hopefully it will pay off. It's pretty funny so far.

Crystal said...

I fully agree with your review - I loved this book and it did take a little to get into it, but once it starts rolling, it never really stops. Glad you enjoyed it. I now need to catch up on the series.