The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
Reading Challenge Category: a book in translation
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
I have mixed feelings towards this book; two-thirds of the book was brilliant. Unfortunately, this was sandwiched between a dull start and finish! It took me ages to get going as it was just so dull as the author went into minute detail into the intricacies of government, finances and basically about anything that was written at the start of the book. Then all of a sudden Blomkvist is told about the assignment to look into the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, and the book got interesting. It gripped me; it was full of suspicion, secrets, mystery, danger and excitement. I couldn’t put the book down and was reading until the middle of the night to find out what had happened! We then got answers and went back to the story at the beginning of the book and went back to boringsville. Not quite as bad as the beginning because by this point, I was invested in the characters. However, it just seemed that yes that part of the story ran as a vein throughout and without it Blomkvist wouldn’t have been available to take the assignment, but it just didn’t seem necessary in that much detail. So I am in two minds on whether to read books two and three. I finished the book four days ago and have been thinking about it ever since which usually means I want more so I might give it a go, but it’s just the boring parts that worry me. If it kept to the action bits, I’d 100% have picked it up straight away and would have finished book two by now, but I’m worried about investing more time in this series!