The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’d been interested in checking it out for some time now, and I finally had the chance to read it. I quite enjoyed it.
So, the story is about this guy, who’s a journalist. He gets convicted of libel. And then he gets offered a job to write a book about a very prominent family, while secretly trying to solve a murder mystery. It’s also about this tiny tattoo covered girl, who’s a private investigate and hacker, emotionally damaged and may or may not have asperger’s syndrome.
The story is very dark. There were some very uncomfortable, horrific situations in it - torture, sexual abuse - it’s not for everyone. Also, they killed my favorite character. No spoilers, but I will say that fire and torture were a factor, and they left her head on the motorcycle seat.
There was a lot of talk of food in the book. Mostly sandwiches. There were so many sandwich references that at one point I had to stop reading and go fix one for myself. This, I suppose, says a lot more about me then the book. One other food mention sticks out in my mind: bacon pancakes with lingonberries. I don’t know exactly what such a thing would taste like, but I suspect it would be incredible.
The descriptions of things and people are fantastic. My favorite was of the first sighting of Isabella Vanear: “She looked like an aging vampire---still strikingly beautiful but as venomous as a snake.” There was a lot of name dropping product descriptions - something that normally drives me crazy, but it didn’t even seem out of place. It’s something has the ability to ruin a perfectly enjoyable book for me, if done wrong.
On a scale from Totally Awesome to Horrifically Awful, I would give it an Almost Awesome. I absolutely enjoyed it. I will be reading the other two books in the series, that is for sure. I also can not wait for the movie.