The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon TattooWe had bookclub last Friday and as always it was a great time! We met at Beth’s house, talked about the book, and stuffed ourselves with fabulous cheese, nuts, fruit, bread, crackers, brownies, and cupcakes – so good! Oh, and wine…can’t forget the wine! Anyway, feedback from this book was generally positive. It was well written and thought out. I liked the book, but I’m a little hesitant with the recomendation – there are several scenes that are pretty graphic and sexually violent as well as some other sexual themes in the book. I think if I were trying to describe it I would say it’s a little like an extended version of Law and Order: SVU based in Sweden with a financial/journalist twist. I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, and honestly the first couple of chapters are a little boring but it picks up really quickly. It focuses primary on two main characters – Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, the two of which don’t even meet until halfway through the book. Mikael is a financial journalist who is hired to investigate the supposed death of a girl who had gone missing years before from a wealthy industrial family. Lisbeth works for a security firm and does private investigation; they eventually end up working together to solve the mystery. One thing I really appreciated was that Larson tied up all the loose ends. Sometimes books don’t do that and I felt like even if something small was mentioned early on in the book he tied that up, even if it wasn’t in the climactic way that I thought he would. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of climax in the book – about halfway through there is a turning point and the book moves very fast from then on out as all the pieces fall together. If you are a looking for a muder mystery thriller, then this is a good one, but be prepared for some rather disturbing and brutal scenes in the book. This is the first in the trilogy by Stieg Larssson that he handed over just before his death. I am looking forward to reading the next two.

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