Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I have a guest reviewer Jewels today!

From the Cover:
Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago.

Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.

Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family

Jewels Take:
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is the first in an international bestselling trilogy which I just finished reading for my book group. It can be generally classified as a murder-mystery novel, but I tend to believe it is more of a social commentary. I started reading the book on Tuesday and was finished in the wee hours of Saturday morning. I actually stayed up until about 2:30am on Saturday morning to finish it because I just couldn't put it down. I can't honestly say I "enjoyed" reading the book, but I did become wrapped up in the storyline to the point that I couldn't stop reading. The book follows Mikael Blomkvist (a financial journalist known for exposing financial and corporate corruption) as he sets out to unravel a forty-year-old disappearance/murder mystery at the request of a certain Henrik Vanger. The mystery itself involves research, investigations and many twists and turns which provide for a very engaging storyline. The actual "girl with a dragon tattoo" is not the missing person, but an enigma of a young woman named Lisbeth Salander who works for a security company and specializes in investigative research. As I mentioned, I do believe this book is more of a social commentary than a book written for entertainment. While I think that Larsson handled things appropriately, the topics themselves are heavy and they may be offensive to some readers. I personally would not recommend this book for anyone under the age of eighteen because of the topics involved. Be advised that the following are included in this book: rape, sexual assault, sadomasochism, violent murder, casual sex, extra-marital affaires, incest, and abuse. I read somewhere that the original title of this book was "Men Who Hate Women" I think that would have been a more appropriate title. So, should you choose to read this book, please know that you have been warned.

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