Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Release Date:  September 2008 (English)
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 480
Source: Previously Owned
Challenge: 75 Books in 2011
Buy the Book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.

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--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it--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.

It's a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

My Thoughts:

Let me just start by saying that I really fought this book.  I wasn't interested in reading it, despite all the positive reviews.  I tried several times to get into the book, and I just couldn't get pass the difficult character names and all the background details.  That is, until my  mom read the book, and convinced me to just "get through the first 50 pages."

After that - it was all I could do to focus on work, school, hobbies, etc. that didn't involve sitting in front of this book and READING!  Of course, once I finished this one, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

Read this one!  You won't be disappointed.

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