The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – a review

My graphic is a photo taken at a point along the Mosel River in Germany.  Not surprisingly there is a bridge featured which is why I decided it best reflected one of the main focus areas in the disappearance section of the story.  The story is set in Sweden but I think this picture works.

The Mosel

 The crime novel, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson has been in circulation for a couple of years now but never tempted me until it was recommended recently by a friend.  The intro to the story sounded intriguing but was then followed by a detailed analysis of high finance which I felt took some concentration to get through.  I persevered to find myself totally immersed in the story and taking a shine to the two leading characters, Mikael and Lisbeth (The Girl).

The story of a young girl’s mysterious disappearance alone is not a sufficiently interesting plot but when sub-plots are interwoven into the tale it becomes a gripping suspense story.  An unlikely alliance is formed when discredited freelance journalist, Mikael Blomkwist finds himself teamed up with a young, self-employed Private Investigator, Lisbeth Salander.

Murder, sex, violence and moral dilemmas abound in this story where I only had two criticisms; too much detail in certain areas and an excessive list of characters, further complicated by their tongue twisting Swedish names.  I understand that to create a good mystery a reasonable cast is required but I do believe in this case it could have been trimmed and still worked well.

Criticisms aside, it’s a well told tale with a surprising conclusion.  Having now read this, the first of the Millenium Trilogy I now look forward to reading the other two.  Due to my other current projects I’m planning to leave the next Millenium story until the end of March.  My main competition piece (Hawk), will be out of my hands by then.

I’ve added another poem, ‘Mutual Satisfaction’ to my list at Starlite Cafe today which carries the tag of ‘mild adult concepts’.  To be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys their poetry with a hint of titillation.

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3 comments on “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – a review

  1. I agree with your review of the story, especially the names of the Swedish cities which mean very little to anyone who is not familiar with the place. Ditto with names. However, I have read the trilogy and the mystery of the missing girl will once again become the focus of a most amazing story. Worth reading. Thanks for sharing your review. Again, in all three books, there is an excess of details which would not affect the story in any way if deleted. Much more intrigue to follow…must read the trilogy. The characters, I agree, are extremely compelling and well defined.

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  2. Thank you Carmen and I will most definitely be following up on the other two stories in the trilogy when my other projects are dealt with.

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