The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Narrator: Simon Vance
Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
Date Read: 2010
Genre: Police Thriller, Thriller
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. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Publisher: Random House LLC
Series: Millennium #1
What I loved: The mystery/thriller part of this book was fascinating, engaging, and quite a ride. I had a hard time figuring out who did it and why. When I found out, it was a great journey to the end, which is far away at that point in the book.
What I liked: Most of the characters were really well thought out. Each one flushed out just enough by the author that you could understand their motivations and personalities. You weren’t sitting there at any point going “no way he/she would have done that”. Some of the characters are quite shocking though, so be prepared for that.
What I thought was “sorta ok”: The financial part of the story was not all that thrilling, at least from my point of view. It was kind of like 2 books in one, like it was hard to decide which one the author really wanted to write. I could have done without “LS” rape scene, it was a little too graphic for me but it was a significant reason she does a lot of things.
What I didn’t like: Nothing really. Thought the beginning dragged a bit (first 5 chapters or so) but you quickly forget that as the story starts rolling.
Why I gave it a 4: This was a really well rounded story with intriguing plots, storylines, and characters. There were definite “edge of your seat moments” followed by “let me devour the information presented moments”. Had the beginning been a bit more catchy and the financial storyline been a little less detailed, it would have gotten a 5.
Author Website: http://www.stieglarsson.com/