Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Summary: Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pieced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
summary from book, cover photo from barnesandnoble.com

My Review: I had attempted to read this book on two other occasions over the past year. I would stumble over the first 50 pages completely lost and finally give up. The opening just required more thought than I was willing to devote to the book. This reading was no different except that it was a book club read so I felt an obligation to finish it. I'm sure glad I did.

Once I made it past those first couple chapters I was able to dive in, neglecting to come up for air. This book is that addicting. I soon formed a relationship with the characters and was devoted to solving the mystery, a task easier said than done. Actually this book isn't comprised of just one mystery but three. Two come full circle and the next I'm sure will be addressed in the follow-up, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

This novel is what every great mystery should be. It's a race between good and evil with evil in the lead throughout much of the book. Good continues to make progress, occasionally slipping backward and only surpassing in the final moments. When good triumphs and evil's identity is surprisingly revealed the reader finally catches a breath and may even cheer.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Sensitive readers: Violence, language and sexual situations

To sum it up: A great mystery that will have you longing for more. You might as well just buy the trilogy because you are going to want to read the next as soon as the cover is closed on this one.

2 comments:

StephTheBookworm said...

Glad to hear it really is as good as everyone says!

rakesh said...

i have heard this book a lot. thank for the review i will surely read it.

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