The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
After suffering a humiliating defeat in court against a major Swedish corporation, business journalist Michael Blomvist is sought out by one of the wealthiest Swedish families to help solve a 40 year old crime. After Harriet Vanger disappeared 40 years ago, her uncle never gave up hope and resources searching for his beloved niece. Along with the petite and tattooed Lisbeth Salander to help figure out the mystery, Blomvist tries to figure out the mystery and winds up going down a dangerous path as a result.
I’m not sure what to say about this book. The entire trilogy is on the New York Times Bestseller list. This title was published 2008, so there are more than enough online reviews floating around about it .
I have a very lukewarm opinion of this book. I read it 1) because of all the hype and 2) it was shoved into my hands by sister demanding that I read this book. I tried to leave any expectations for this book at the door before I began reading, but the book just never clung to me. I think I spent more than a month reading it, after pausing to pick up a couple other books.
Despite the slow start, I thought all the characters were fully developed, no one was lacking in nuances and quirks. I loved Lisbeth’s interactions with Blomvist, the lone man who was able to break down her defense shields and actually become a part of her life. I wanted to learn more about the business scandal that actually started the book and was the reason for Blomvist’s fall to shame in the journalism world. Although I really loved Lisbeth’s character and Blomvist’s stubborn attitude, I felt that the book was very long and boring. The ending was also somewhat predicable since I figured out what happened to Harriet well into the book. It took ages before something actually started to happen and then it all happened at once towards the end of the book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I’m curious about the next two books, because I’ve heard its more history into Lisbeth’s past, but I’m not dying to read the books.
In my defense, this isn’t a genre I normally read, so perhaps this type of lukewarm opinion is the best opinion one can get out of me for a murder mystery/thriller.The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Vintage Crime, 2008 ISBN 9780307473479 644 pages