Wednesday, February 3, 2010

(11) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

HOLY CRAP! Why didn't someone tell me how good this book really was? I have to say that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has to be one of the best mystery novels that I have ever read and I can not wait to get my hands on the second book in the series! It was THAT good.

How to explain the plot in five sentences or less? Well it just isn't possible. So let me just say that for the first half of the book, there are two characters to follow. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. One is a twenty-something, tattooed private investigator with a history of mental illness. The other is a forty-something journalist who has just lost a court case accusing him of libel. He has essentially been banished from the world of journalism and is even facing jail time when he is approached by Henrick Vanger and asked to research and solve an old family mystery.

It isn't until you are more than halfway through the book when Mikael & Lisbeth finally cross paths in an explosive meeting that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Together they risk their lives to uncover the dark, twisted secrets of the Vanger family.

If you have a weak stomach or are a prude, this book probably is NOT one that you should read. There is not any foul language, but it is dark, twisted, and violently graphic. The first few pages are a bit difficult to get through, not because of the gore, but because it is set in Sweden. It took me those few pages to get used to the lingo and cultural differences that set apart the US from Sweden. But once I got used to the terminology, the fast paced mystery novel sucked me in and it was hard to put it down. A great book you can sink your teeth into! Not a book a true mystery lover should miss.


Holly said...

Wow! What a great review Charlotte! I have been seeing this book and its sequel everywhere and your review has convinced me I MUST read it! Thanks!

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

You will have to let me know what you think!

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