I feel like I’m one of the last people in the world to read this book. And I had a physical copy and also an audio copy but somehow I just never felt in the right zone to read it. Until my husband read it one day and was so enthuastic about it that it made me want to see what all the fuss was about.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Series: Millenium, #1
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on September 16th 2008
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers
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Murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue combine into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth.
He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
My final though on finishing the book which I have taken from my Goodreads status is: –
“That was epic! Ok. It’s not perfect as the start is slow and there is a lot of not very interesting data about a financial scandal. But after that it was fab and I couldn’t possibly give it less than 5 stars.”
I’ll be honest if I didn’t have so many people encouraging me on to read this book, I might have given up as the start really didn’t enthral me. And that would have been a HUGE MISTAKE. So if you are someone else who hasn’t read this one yet then I’d encourage you to pick it up, have patience with it and it will reward that patience with an story that is intelligent and captivating.
It’s a story about the investigation of a missing girl but it’s so much more than that. It’s a story about violence, about abuse, about cover ups, about injustice. It’s a story about complex characters that you can’t help think about when you aren’t reading. It’s a story that you won’t forget.
And ohh those characters! They are quirky and sprang to life hollering and screaming from the pages. Lisbeth is now one of my favourite characters ever. I love how kick ass she is. Literally kick ass, she is fierce and will get revenge if you wrong her. And she won’t feel an ounce of remorse for gaining her pound of flesh.
“Unlike other girls in the class, she never backed down, and she would not for a second hesitate to use her fists or any weapon at hand to protect herself. She went around with the attitude that she would rather be beaten to death than take any shit.”
The other huge thing that strikes me about this book (and the entire trilogy) is that I have never read another book like it. The story is as original as they come and I really had no idea what might happen next. There was also a lot of humour which did balance out some of the overly detailed passages for me.
Overall, I feel if you like crime fiction, then it’s a must read. Just be prepared to lose hours and hours of your life to this trilogy coz when it hooks you in, you won’t be able to stop until you have finished the lot!