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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Review - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - By Stieg Larsson

The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.

It seemed that everyone I know has read this book and I for some reason had not. I thought the beginning was very slow but after about 20 or 50 pages I was hooked and could not put it down. A very good story that you just want more and that is a good thing because there is 2 more books. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. There is a movie coming out too and I can't wait to see it.


Ann said...

I would most likely have trouble with the book if it starts out slow. If it doesn't catch me in the first chapter I normally can't get any further.

Joyce Lansky said...

I listened to part of this book on a road trip. The beginning was slow, so I fell asleep. I woke up somewhere in the middle and was interested but it was hard to follow.


Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

If you thought you were the last person to read the are wrong. It is me! lol! It is literally sitting on my nightstand right now.. I have one book that I am finishing before I start it! Glad to know the beginning is slow, I won't lose hope! :)

Silvergirl said...

I have seen this in movie already, :D i love it

Doug Kueffler said...

I agree that this is a great book. I have read all three now, and saw the Swedish movies. Even though they were good movies, I still look forward to seeing what the American version will do. I expect that it will downplay the lesbian sex and increase the violence, if that is even possible. I know the dragon tattoo completely covered Lisbeth's back in the Swedish movie, but is only a small tat in the American version.