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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

07 Sep

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Author: Stieg Larsson

Summary from Goodreads: 

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.

Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’s no turning back. This debut thriller–the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson–is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

Personal Review: 

I really liked the mystery in this novel. The crime and who did it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Too bad the characters in this novel weren’t as engaging and as likable as they mystery.

I found Lisbeth Salander to be a horrible character. Not only was she incredibly selfish and had almost no morals, but she was just plan unlikable. Mikael Blomkvist is not that much better. He has almost no personality at all. He is entirely all to “what happens happens”. He is far too content to let life happen to him as opposed to making choices and taking an active part in his actually life. He was far to two-dimensional.

In addition, I am no prude, but sex was looked at way too casually in this book. The sanctity of marriage was made a joke of. How can you love someone and yet sleep with someone else and just let that be the way it is? In the course of the book, he had sexual relations with three different characters. And it wasn’t a casual thing either. Yet somehow, he seems like the kind of guy to immediately jump into bed with a girl, yet he has no real emotions about it. Like with Cecilia. She genuinely liked him, but he seemed so emotionless when it ended. It was ridiculous.

Other than that, the mystery was enthralling and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

Rating: 4

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

One response to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  1. Rory O'Connor

    September 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I quite liked this book and I do think Lisbeth becomes more likeable throughout the series as her background is revealed. I’ll be in Stockholm soon and there is apparently a Lisbeth tour (that I’m considering going on)!

     

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