Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Genre: adult fiction & mystery
Series and Book #: Millennium Trilogy #1
Pages: 658

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.


The exposition in this novel was painful. I didn't understand the plot of the novel until nearly part two as none of the Vanger characters nor the real mystery appeared until then. Although Lisbeth Salander was introduced early on, her real purpose in Mikael's investigation into the Vanger household wasn't apparent until much later. The Wennerstrom case was rather random. It's only purpose seemed to be to reel the characters into the real plot of the novel. It misled from the actual purpose of the book (Harriet Vanger's murder) and caused me to think that the novel would be focused on a corporate scandal. Once Mikael began work for the Vagers, the novel considerably picked up speed. It was something I couldn't stand to put down as each new development into the Harriet Vanger case was more intriguing than the last. The ultimate resolution was unbelievable. The mystery was so complex, as were the unique cast of characters Larsson portrayed. I can't wait to see how he continued with the series. 

The Cover: I love the cover. The subtle dragon winding through the lettering is eye-catching and very cool

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