There’s a saying in my house: “Don’t say you don’t like a food from a particular country. If you have a dish that is well-prepared, you are likely to love it.” I think the same thing goes for genres in books. While I’m not typically a person who reads crime fiction, there are going to be crime fiction books out there that I will thoroughly enjoy. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one them.
Well-written and fast-paced, Stieg Larsson takes us on a whirlwind adventure of not one, but three plots! Plot number one is journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s attempt to exonerate himself (he was convicted of libel) and sink Sweden’s corporate bad guy all at the same time. Plot number two is investigator Lisbeth Salander’s attempt to gain control of her life from a violent past. Lastly, plot number three is the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whom Blomkvist has been hired to solve. The three plots come together in a sensational (albeit sometimes shockingly horrific) novel. A perfect book for the summer. Now, of course, I’ll have to read the other two books in the trilogy…
On the recommendation of my aunt, I also watched the Swedish version of the film the same day I finished the book. Excellent! As directors often do, there are some adaptions made for the film, but it didn’t detract from the excitement or quality of main story whatsoever. A big thumbs up on this one!
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2008