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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

February 22nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Bought on my Nook

Publication date: June 23, 2009

Publisher: Vintage Crime

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

I have been hearing so many good things about this series but was hesitant to pick it up due to fear it wouldn’t live up to the hype.  I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  I thought the book was pretty darn amazing. The main reason I did not give it 5 out of 5 stars is it did take me about 100-150 pages to really get into it.  The reason it got a 4 instead of something lower was that once it did pick up I could not put it down.  I have to warn you that there are some pretty brutal parts but it was like a car accident, I could not look away even though it was disturbing.

None of the characters in this book are straight forward.  Mikael was an interesting character.  At times I seriously disliked him, admired him, thought he was naive and thought he was pretty ballsy.  He had an interesting sexual friendship with his best friend, Erika, who also happens to be married.  Then there is Salander who has a few screws loose, could be considered psychopathic, brilliant, antisocial and yet you come to admire her.  She also develops a complex relationship with Mikael and you never really know which way that relationship will turn.

The mystery that Mikael is hired to look into was haunting and riveting.  It keeps you guessing with twists and turns, a myriad of interesting suspects and some unbelievable detective work on Mikael’s part.  I was so into the book by the ending that my Nook wasn’t turning pages fast enough.  I seriously wanted to go hide somewhere away from my husband and kids to finish this one.  If you are into murder mysteries definitely check this one out!

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Mystery

9 Responses

  1. Helen Murdoch

    I am one of the few who couldn’t finish this book. I feel so out of it, but I just couldn’t do it

  2. dsuzuki

    I’ve heard a lot of people say this so you’re not the only one. It was painful to slog through those first 150 pages but it got really good after that.

  3. Delphyne

    That’s exactly how I felt. It took me a good 100 pages to get into it, but once I did… I was pretty hooked.

  4. vvb

    i was pleasantly surprised with this one too! it took me halfway through the book to really getting into the story.

  5. dsuzuki

    Delphyne & vvb-I just hope the next one doesn’t take so long to get good too.

  6. Linda

    This is not the type of book I usually read but I really enjoyed it. I couldn’t put it down either!

  7. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    I read this whole series, a book a day. It’s SO addicting! Ack!

  8. SuziQoregon

    I have this book but still haven’t read it. First I put it off because EVERYBODY was reading and talking about it. Then I put if off because the reviews seem so polarized. People either love it or hate it. I’m leaning toward finally getting around to reading it though because more people whose opinions I trust are on the like to love end of the spectrum.

    The one consistent thing I keep hearing is that it takes so long to really get into it so I’m prepared for that.

  9. dsuzuki

    I put it off forever too and only read it because my manager wanted someone to read it along with her. Go figure she ended up not reading it but oh well. lol. I wish someone had prepared me that it would take forever to get into. My best friend said at least book 2 is good right off the bat.

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