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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson

Quercus

Mark Haddon

Several cuts above most thrillers...intelligent, complex, with a gripping plot and deeply intruiging characters.

Philip Pullman

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Despite the Millenium trilogy ('The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' being the first part) being so hyped up during 2010, I really had little idea what it was about.  I was a little wary when I encountered a family tree at the front of the book; the two previous occasions I had experienced this were in 'The Lord of the Rings' by Tolkien and 'Cien años de Soledad' by Gabriél García Marquez.  Neither of those books were easy reading!  Fortunately it was not the case here and it was very easy to slip in to the plot.

The first thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was set in Sweden.  So often, crime novels of this stature (Grisham's spring to mind) are set somewhere in the U.S.  For the first 100 pages, I kept forgetting we were, in fact, in Europe.  But it made a refreshing change!

The two protaganists also endeared themselves to me in a strange way.  Lisbeth Salander is a very asocial young lady.  But it added an interesting twist to have a story where the leading lady could look after herself and had such interesting views on the world and society.  Her eventual partner-in-crime, Mikael Blomkvist, is also a quirky but likeable character.  Again, his traits don't make him immediately appealing.  However, over time his characters is revealed so one understands how he ticks.

The book has many threads.  The main thread, regarding the Vangar family, is full of twists and turns and is, at times, quite disturbing.  This is supplemented by another similarly distrubing tale involving Salander and her social status in Sweden.  Try as I might, I could not guess the outcomes of this book.  I managed to deduce components of it, but there are so many details to the plot, one would be hard pressed to work it all out!

The majority of the threads are tied-up well by the end of the book.  But one is only just starting to learn about the characters so as soon as one puts it down, one finds themselves looking for the next installment.

 

 

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Reviewed on 30/11/2010 by Angela

 

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