The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson

Chris Mehling (01/16/12): I read this book and recently went to see the movie. I was hooked from the opening credits. This movie was riveting. I felt it's subtle intensity and while graphic, the movie stayed very close to the story line of the book. There were a few scenes that were very difficult to watch but did not seem inappropriate or done for shock value. Rooney Mara was amazing as Lisbeth Salander. She totally transformed her role into the character from the book. I am now going to read the 2nd and 3rd in this series as the ending left you hanging knowing there would be two more movies coming, and I will be going to see these as well!
Rating: *****

Kathy McCurry: Fantastic book! This is the first book in the trilogy by Stieg Larsson, and it's a page turner with great character development and twisting and turning plot moves. Prepare to stay up late. Then, with this book as your basis, the second book - The Girl Who Played With Fire takes us deeper into the main character's background and psychological make-up - another must read that will keep you up late.

I'm anxiously awaiting the third, and sadly, the last of the series - The Girl Who (something) The Hornet's Nest which will be released in the US in May 2010 - till then I'm drumming my fingers in anticipation. Sadly, the author passed away at a young age (early 40's) - a loss for all of us who discovered his ability to weave a tale and build believable characters with incredible depth and complexity.
Rating: ****

Judy Copek: I can only echo what others have said. At times, the book got so scarey I couldn't read it before bed. It was interesting to be thrown into Sweden and modern Swedish society--similiar but different from ours. Great having a female hacker for a change. She was so vulnerable, yet very much her own person. The ending (no spoiler) was also good, with a nice surprise apropos the missing girl. I have started the second book in the series which also promises to be a good, riveting read.
Rating: ****

Dale Israel: Arlene, Debbie and Gail have really said it all but after reading this book, I wanted to add my 2 cents worth! I am not really a fan of mysteries...I'm more of a historical fiction kind of gal. However, I could not put this book down. There were so many twists and turns that by the end of the book, I had accused each of the many characters of committing the crime! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see who really was the villain. I can hardly wait for the sequel to be released but I'm heartbroken that the author died. This is a good book that I think most people would enjoy!
Rating: *****

Arlene Almas: Thanks to Gail and Debbie for this great recommendation. It's a highly satisfying mystery with lots of quirky characters. The story and characters are well described by Gail and Debbie, so there's no need for me to add anything. I'll just go ahead and give it my highest rating!
Rating: *****

Debbie Weiss: I agree with Gail that "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is an extraordinarily good book. The storyline is fascinating and the characters are very well developed. I felt as though I knew Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander personally and I understood their actions at every step. Each one had a unique skill that, when paired together, they made an exceptional investigational team ---  so that they were able to uncover the details of niece Harriet's disappearance almost 40 years ago.

I believe that the author was also making a statement regarding the unfortunate acceptance in the Scandinavian culture of violent crimes against women. This is a prevailing theme throughout the whole book. This is a difficult book to put down and I highly recommend it.
Rating: ****

Gail Reid: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a huge blockbuster in Scandinavia and all over Europe, so I was intrigued enough to bite into a nearly 500- page thriller. Several intertwining plots result in a real page turner, but more than most mysteries, this one features finely developed characters and relationships.

Warning! The subtext of this book concerns violent and heinous crimes against women and descriptions are often graphic.

Lead character Mikael Blomkvist is a financial journalist in Stockholm recently convicted of libel. Henrik Vanger is the 82-year old retired head of a financial dynasty, obsessed with the disappearance of his 16-year old niece Harriet almost 40 years before. In spite of nearly 4 decades of investigation, Vanger wants Blomkvist to solve the crime under the guise of writing the official family history. His promises to Mikael include evidence to retaliate against the Swedish financier who has just trumped him in court.

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, sports multiple tattoos and piercings and lacks social graces, but she is a genius of the first order. Employed as an investigator for a security firm, she teams up with Blomkvist. The book implies that Salander suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. Blomkvist's efforts to teach her that trust is the foundation of friendship provide real insight into understanding how we characterize people as social misfits.

It is a long and winding story, sometimes interrupted by extraneous subplots, that delves into family dysfunction, deviance, racism and corruption but captures your attention on every page. Rating: 4
Rating: ****

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