by Stieg Larsson Rating:
With all the hoopla around it, I was all set to love this book. The title was everywhere and my eldest sister was reading and loving it. Here’s the thing about me – who done it mysteries don’t usually turn me on. They are a dime a dozen and I can usually figure out the plot midstream if not before (or maybe as an INFJ I’m just psychic like that). I’m not thrilled by blood and gore, or big bang gratuitous action. I need to get involved with the characters and to retain my interest, it’s always good to have a discernable plot, and a flawed character or two.
The girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, was flawed in a major way but unfortunately she wasn’t the main character. Her story rose to the top for me, and I was more interested in what she was doing than the protagonist Mikael Blomkvist. (Am I the only one?) I’d be interested in knowing if this was the original title or if it was renamed.
But enough of me, you’re here for the review, right? Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist who spent some time in prison, convicted of libel. After his release, he receives an offer to rejuvenate his good name from a wealthy Swede, however he first has to investigate the disappearance of the Swede’s niece, Harriet Vangar who went missing forty years ago. The mysterious case was never solved. He enlists the help of Lisbeth Salander who, beneath the steely introverted Goth exterior, is a crackpot hacker.
Blomkvist is fascinated with corruption; it’s no surprise that as he delves into the Vangar history, threads of same appear. He finds his investigations thwarted and blocked by the extended Vangar family. What and who are they protecting? Will Blomkvist sacrifice his personal safety to get his story? Where we do get a surprise is from the back story of Salander who fights her own sinister demons of corruption and perversion. I found myself racing thru Blomkvist’s investigations to find out what she was doing.
US movie release scheduled for 12/21/2011. This is the first book in a trilogy. The 2nd and 3rd are:
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Note: Author Stieg Larsson died in 2004.