Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre/Pages: Crime Fiction/672
Publishing Date: November 22, 2011
Rating: 3.5 Spines
Tammy’s One-Sentence synopsis: A journalist and a hacker combine their skills to solve a murder mystery that has been plaguing an old tycoon for over 40 years.
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.
You might be wondering why I would give such a popular book such a “low” rating since it also has a movie that was made of it. I must say I did enjoy the book but the first 10 chapters of the book were extremely slow to read. Yes, I do understand that one must have background information to understand what the book is going to be about.
I understand that Mr. Larsson needed to introduce the two (2) main characters to us and give us the information that we needed. I did not find the book all that interesting until after Blomkvist is hired by Mr. Vanger to help him write an autobiography about the family and the real reason for his hiring Mr. Blomkvist to find out what happened to his niece Harriet Vanger over 40 years ago.
I was wondering how Salander and Blomkvist were going to come together and work on this project together. I liked how they joined, but I am left wondering why Mr. Larsson would start a romantic relationship between the two and then cool off the jets. The way he describes Salander there would be a curious reason on why she would fall for Blomkvist in the first place. She knew the relationship between Blmkvist and Berger. Knowing the relationship, I do not see her “falling” for Blomkvist.
Once Salander and Blomkvist really get deep into their investigation, I could not put down the book. I wanted to know what was happening and how it will happen and what was going on. I am a lover of murder mystery novels, to the point that I usually know how the mystery is going to be solved and the who done-it part of it also rather quickly. But, alas, this was not the case with this book. Mr. Larsson had me guessing up to a certain part of the book when it is revealed all the facts of the case! I truly enjoyed that part of the book.
I must say that this is a book that should be on your to read list. I have his other two (2) books in the series sitting and waiting for me to read! I am most anxious to get to read those books and hope that he is just as entertaining in those as he was in this one. I am even interested in watching the movie now. So, I might write a review about the movie after I watch it. Come on back and see if I did.
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