REVIEW: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
SYNOPSIS: Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
GENRE: Mystery, Fiction.
SERIES: Millennium #1
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Normally seven minutes of another person's company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding.”
RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3 intriguing stars.
REVIEW: I've had this book on my shelves for years and I finally made my way around to reading it, or in this case listening to the audiobook. Actually a big thanks to my local library system because when I found that The Girl with Dragon Tattoo was available to check out as an audiobook, downloaded straight to my phone, it was a no-brainer! I actually signed up for a library card for the first time in many many years and now I'm excited for all the audiobooks I can check-out. Yay!
Okay, back to the book review...So many names, argggg, it was a little hard to keep them all straight. About halfway through the book is when the different family members started to become distinct and recognizably different to me, which hurt my head a little bit, but I eventually found the flow. Other than that, I really liked the book.
The beginning had intriguing notes and information that was doled out slowly, keeping you interested and involved with the evolving plotlines. There were parts that dragged but they were interupted by interesting tidbits and finally learning about Lisbeth. It was when the two main characters came together that the story really started moving.
The mystery was a mix of family politics and intrigue. You're not quite sure where to place your trust and which facts are in fact...fact. Each new character you are introduced to is suspicious and quirky in their own way. The main characters of Mikael and Lisbeth, however, were perfect. They were written fantastically well, with interesting back stories and so much left to explore. A truely intriguing mix.
It should be noted that I really loved the narrator for this audiobook, his voices for the different characters were amazing, very distinct without being comical, and an especially wondeful timbre for Mikael Blomkvist. For this alone, I would recommend the audiobook.
Overall, I liked the book, didn't quite love it, but I would definitely read the next in the series when the mood strikes me just right.