The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Release Date: September 16, 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pages: Hardcover (465pgs)
Age Group: Adult
Author Website: http://www.stieglarsson.se/
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Description: 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.
Review: Overall I did enjoy this book. The only complaint that I had is its a slow read. The first 200 hundred pages were the hardest to get through. After getting past 200 pages the book flowed a lot better and I was able to finish it.
Even though it was a slow read, this book did have a nice amount of suspense and drama. There are a lot of characters in this book and from time to time it is hard to keep everyone straight and their relation to each other. There is a family tree in the beginning of the book, and I did have to reference that from time to time. I love the two main characters Blomkvist and Salander. Blomkvist is a smart Journalist that got into some trouble with the law for writing false information in an article. Then you have Salander who is a socially awkward hacker and is under guardianship from the government. These two work so well together in their investigation to find a killer.
There were some scenes that were a little hard to read because they were very graphic and hard to swallow. The ending was very shocking and I did not see it coming. Stieg Larsson is a great writer and he has a wonderful imagination to put this story together. I can't wait to dive into the next book and find out what happens next.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest