Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Title: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
ISBN: 978184724692
Publisher: Maclehose Press/2008
Pages: 554

I received this book from my secret Santa (Veens, I think!) in December 2009. It was in my wishlist. I got around reading it last week. Once I started, It was difficult for me to set it aside, even with work and all.

It is the first book in the Millenium triology. Stieg Larsson is not there to see his success. What does one say about a book, which is a huge success? To give it credit, it is not an over-rated book.

Three unlikely people's life gets entangled, Henrik Vangar, head of the Vangar corporation, Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist and Lisbeth Salnder, a somewhat weird security specialist. They get together to find out the missing child in the Vangar family. The girl had disappeared three decades ago with not a trace and Henrik still is pained by that fact.

When Blomkvist dwells deeper into the family secret, someone is determined that he ought not succeed. When the secrets do come out, they are so horrifying that everyone just wants to forget those. Lisbeth is brilliant computer hacker, who can't follow the society's norms. She is her own law and can go to any length to take care of herself.

It is not the mystery that is takes us in. It is Lisbeth who baffles the reader. She is an oddity yet we take to her. We might not agree with her ways but there is some kind of justification of what she does. She and Blomkvist make a great team although both don't seem to be aware of it or if they do, they do not acknowledge it. Lisbeth is not someone one can forget. She is gonna stay there for a long time. I am definitely going to check out the other two books.

CymLowell

18 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Apparently the movie was released in the U.S. this weekend in some cities. I am really looking forward to it!

fredamans said...

Looks like a great book. I do love a mystery!

Beth said...

I have heard good things about this book. Here is my "G" book.

jlshall said...

This one is already on my TBR list. It really sounds great. I think I'll love it, too, if I ever get around to reading it! Thanks for the fine review.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good review. I have heard such mixed things on this book but I still think it sounds good! :)

Nise' said...

I could not put this one down either. Patiently waiting for the third book.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I've been noticing this one around...it does sound intriguing!

carolsnotebook said...

I loved this one. It took me a while to really get into it, but once I did I was hooked.

Irene said...

Thanks for stopping by, this has been on the forefront of bookstore shelves of late. I think it may be awhile before I get to it.

Michelle said...

Hmmm...a missing child from 3 decades ago.
Sounds kinda eerie.

My `G` is up

I also have a book giveaway at this link:
http://newhorizonreviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/here-burns-my-candle-by-liz-curtis.html

Vicki said...

I want to read this book. It looks really good.

Thanks for playing!

Veens said...

wow cool! But I was not yur secret Santa :(
It has to be someone else :)

I loved this book too and read the 2nd one as well.. now looking fwd to the 3rd one.

Kim said...

I have seen this all over the place but have not brought myself to read it yet. I had no idea it was a trilogy. Great choice for this week's letter.
*smiles*

Harvee said...

I've read the second in the series but have to read the first before I get to the third! Glad you enjoyed it.

nishitak said...

The Secret Santa was me :) I completely forgot to add the return name and address! See my review of the book here:

http://nishitak.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-book-review/

nishitak said...

Also glad to know you liked the book :)

Cherry said...

Came over from Cym Lowell's McLinky links for Book Review Party Wednesday (BRPW).

This is not my genre. That is why I've been avoiding picking this one up even if Tesco dropped the price for this series to the floor recently. Maybe I should have picked it up since it was so cheap :(

Cherry Mischievous
www.cherrymischievous.com

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

You are right: Lisbeth and her oddities are at the heart of this book, and that's what made me keep reading.