Title: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
Number of pages: 644
Published: Vintage, 2009
Rating: 2 out of 5
I’m so disappointed.
It wasn’t until page 642 that I really enjoyed this book. Not until I got to some of the unlocking of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s heart, and there was a lot to suffer before I got there:
- a long, boring, tedious beginning hinting at some case for libel that journalist Blomqvist made pertaining to some businessman that we neither know, or care, about.
a somewhat magically solved chain of events, that were long drawn out, pertaining to the Venger family’s huge dysfunctionality.
the way that Blomqvist, our alleged hero, can commit himself to neither female: his long time lover and co-worker, who’s already married, or Salander with her tattoo and broken life.
I love mysteries. I love thrillers. I love the race through a compelling novel of crime and intrigue such as I found in The Bourne Identity. Or, The Death of A Red Heroine. I had greatly anticipated such a read with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, especially after reading accolades not only from the blog-o-sphere, but from The Washington Post and The New York Times. The later two are especially trustworthy sources, no? No. My summary:
“It was a brick of a book, 608 pages in paperback.” (p. 626)
Alas, I couldn’t have said it better myself, Stieg.