Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

I've delayed reading this book, in part because the number of people waiting for the book at our local library was way too long. 

Last week I finally received a copy. I read somewhere that over three million Americans had read this book. There's always the curiosity factor—what intrigued people?

The book is created out of improbable incidents, possible incidents, and one incredibly fascinating woman—Lisbeth, whose life is an enigma, but whose skills as an investigator are impeccable.  

The major plot line involves Harriet Vanger who disappeared many years before and now the case is being reopened by her elderly uncle. I felt that the story line that involved the Vanger family moved and held my interest. Save for Lisbeth and Blomkvist, the journalist hired to find out what happened to Harriet, too many of the other characters are flat. 

I was enthralled with the details involving Lisbeth's hacking. Larsson creates suspense around this character and a desire to know more.Larsson does a good job with the setting of the story.

This is a plot driven book; however, it flags after the mystery of Harriet's disappearance is solved. The macinations involving tracking down a financial giant are rather implausable.

Did I like the book? I was caught up in the story and thought it a real page turner; however,Larsson's writing lacks the depth and style I usually enjoy.  

Linda Frances

1 comment:

  1. We've got the movie for this. And a friend has promised to lend us the 3rd installment in this trilogy. when he's finished with it... can't wait!