book review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Publisher: MacLehose Press – 2010
This book is really good. I had heard a lot of good stuff about it before I picked up a copy.
The prologue intrigued me but the first chapter or so put me off somewhat. The scene setting in this early part of the book didn’t lead me to think I would like it, but I persevered rather than giving up on it because I wanted to see what others had found to good about it.
Once the story really got going I loved it, the character of Salander was beautiful, she reminded me so much of how my son could possibly turn out if he doesn’t have the help he needs, (he has Asperger’s Syndrome.) I saw some of his traits in Salander and I thought the author portrayed her very well.
Mikael Blonqvist is also a very likeable character and the plot illicited lots of empathy for his situation. The other characters were also very well created but it is Salander and Blomqvist wh we stay with me.
The plot is good and strong and keeps your interest once you have read past the first couple of chapters, the information in these chapters is vital to the plot but maybe could have been added later as a flashback so that you could get straight into the book. I am sure many people have given up before the book really got going.
The cliff-hanger at the end is good and I will definitely have to invest in the sequel, I want to know what happens to Salander, my favourite character.
I rate this book 4/5 because of the start – I really liked the book.