The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- review:
I heard an intriguing talk-up of this book on the radio one day, the story of the author-convinced by a loved one to finally submit his story and then dying before it was released, never knowing what a huge hit it became...hooked me. Also that it has been translated many times, is a best-seller and has already been made into a movie overseas- with plans to make a movie here in America- and it has sequels....sounds like a must-read.
It's got action/adventure/mystery/intrigue/sex...not my usual genre, but every once in a while I enjoy such a book.
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist- headed to a short jail stay for libel, is hired to solve a 40 year missing person mystery by the head of one of Sweden's wealthiest family. 40 years ago, at a family gathering on an island, a young niece disappeared- 40 years later, no body, no answers. Her aging uncle wants peace before he dies.
Lisbeth Salander- the girl with the dragon tatto- petite, much younger looking than she is- the perfect victim..as her concerned boss thinks of her- is hired to help Blomkvist. Lisbeth works for a security firm, as the book unfolds, it is revealed that everyone, including her boss, severely underestimates her abilities. Lisbeth as a character is a mystery- but she has this underdog quality and you find yourself liking her.
This book had disturbing story lines of abuse, bondage, torture, murder. I read around these as best I could-trying to not lose too much of the story...any lesser of a book, I would have walked away- but even though I was repelled by some of the story content, I really liked the two main characters- and the mystery was irresistible. This book was definitely a page-turner, very hard to put down.
As the book was ending, I struggled with myself, trying to decide if I would continue with the series. I truly liked the heroine, Lisbeth, and wanted to see what happens to her in other books..but I was wary of more disturbing content. I was hopeful that the content was story-driven, and that perhaps the other books would take a different turn. However, the end of the book provided a teaser excerpt from the next book, and it was, disappointingly, more bondage/abuse. Decision made, I will not be reading any more of the series.
This book was very well written, likable characters, despicable villains..but pretty disturbing.