Megan from @pixieskiesblog and I have started ourselves a little book club, the first read of our book club was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Today I’m going to be reviewing it for you and telling you all of my thoughts on the book. If you want to see what books we’re reading each month then follow both of us on Twitter as you will get more updates on it there.
Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is oriented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder.
Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers’ past to uncover the truth behind the unsolved mystery. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lisbeth Salander, the enigmatic, delinquent and dangerous security specialist, assists in the investigation. A genius computer hacker, she tolerates no restrictions placed upon her by individuals, society or the law.
Genre: Murder Mystery, Thriller, Fiction.
Setting: Sweden in
I have heard so much about this book over the years and owned it for about 6 months before we decided that we were going to read it, from the different people I had talked to they had many positive thoughts on it with one reoccurring negative comment. I too had this negative comment as the only real criticism of this book, the comment is that it is hard to get into for the first 50 pages. However once I got into the book I realised how important the first 50 pages were, it doesn’t make sense at first but once you get into the story it is a significant pretext. As I am writing this post I am only two weeks into September and I have already finished it, I spent 3 hours one night reading it as I NEEDED to solve the mystery. I finished it before I left for my holiday as I couldn’t leave it unsolved, that really says something to me. I found this book really thrilling and enthralling as the story follows multiple different strands which end up weaving together to complete the story nicely, which I found was so unique to this book. I personally loved the way in which Larsson made all of the different threads cohesive yet distinctive in their rights, I mean each different one could’ve had books of their own written about them. The book begins with old Henrik Vanger receiving the 35th pressed flower in a frame from a mysterious sender, at the start this makes no sense but I think Larsson needed to add this bit in to set up the mystery.
However the story starts off with Mikael Blomkvist getting sentenced for libel as he had written an ‘expose’ on one of the biggest businessmen in Sweden, throughout this part of the book it follows how he was given all of the information and the time leading up to the trial but it also follows the story of Dragan Armansky who was the CEO of Milton Security. This is were Lisbeth Salander gets introduced, Lisbeth is a stereotypical *goth/emo* who had a bad attitude, wore offensive clothing and was reliably unreliable. Armansky hires her as a PI due to her incredible investigative skills and impressive report writing, I mean one of her reports in the book was 40 something pages long. This leads to her writing a report and investigating Blomkvist for Frode, the lawyer of the Industry legend Henrik Vanger. Vanger is also in contact with Blomkvist to offer him a deal to solve a 35 year old mystery which the old man needed closure on before his passing, he needed one last glimmer of hope. In return he had something which could restore Blomkvist’s reputation professionally and personally. Throughout his year in Hedeby, Mikael delves deep into the history of one of the most influential yet dysfunctional family in Sweden and uncovers some home truths that will send shockwaves to the story as well as to the reader. Salander’s story is also unfolding, parallel to Blomkvist’s, and it covers many important issues which occur in todays society. However when their paths cross and their worlds collide the threads start to tie nicely together, this just makes the story feel whole (and once finished) completed.
I wanted to write so much more about this story because it is so clever and gripping but I really don’t want to spoil it, I want whoever goes and reads this to have every single ounce of suspense, shock and delight which you will feel throughout the book unspoiled. I want to really recommend this book to anybody who enjoys thrillers, underdogs and books which will keep you awake at 3am either reading the story or thinking about it. This was an incredible start to Book Club and I am so excited to read the rest of the series, and also for the next read which is going to be a non-fiction read.
That is my review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and also of Book Club Read 1, what do you think? Should I do more book reviews? I had to really hold myself back when it came to the description as there are so many twists and turns that I wouldn’t want to give away ANY of it. Have you read this book? If not do you think you would? Please let me know in the comments all of your thoughts and any book recommendations you have for our Book Club. If you aren’t already please go and check Megan out, she’s just come back to the world of blogging and I would love it if you could send her some love. Follow her on WordPress, Instagram and Twitter (here)
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