I was absolutely hooked on this from the start. Could not put the book down, and read it over one weekend.
The start was a bit confusing, with two or t...moreI was absolutely hooked on this from the start. Could not put the book down, and read it over one weekend.
The start was a bit confusing, with two or three very gripping stories going on at once, though the Harriet story was the most gripping for me. Loved that so much.
The author made sure we knew how thorough the original investigation was, and how the detective and uncle were spent decades trying to solve it with no further leads, so you kind of expect the new leads which we know will be uncovered to be absolute explosive bombshells. But they're not. They're so lame that you wonder how on earth they could have been missed all this time. I knew straight away what the numbers in the diary referred to. And why weren't the other unpublished newspaper photographs looked at before? Still, I loved the mystery of this, and really was unprepared for the final resolution.
Despite that, most of the way through I thought I would give this book a five out of five, until the ending... just did not resolve in a way that I liked at all. The main dude faced a massive dilemma, he had to choose between keeping his new magazine board member happy or tell the authorities about what actually went on, and in my opinion he made the WRONG decision... with no regrets no nothing. What about all those victims???
And then when he revenged his nemesis by publishing his gory story using a hacked computer as his only source.. I thought.. hello Rupert Murdoch... wonder if that would have been written today post the News Limited saga..
So there were a few dubious plot lines in the book but really I did love it. Found the characters interesting, most of the dragon tattoo girl, Lisbeth, who was an interesting girl, but a little cliched quirky-eccentric-smart like the NCIS scientist goth girl. I liked how her character developed at the end as well. Looking forward to hearing how she goes in the next two books.
Loved this book, though not quite as much as the first. However having now seen the movie of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I'm pleased to report tha...moreLoved this book, though not quite as much as the first. However having now seen the movie of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I'm pleased to report that this time reading I managed to have the image of Daniel Craig as Mikhail Blomkvist in my head for all of book 2. :)
The book started off with Lisbeth on holidays, obsessed with a maths problem, and then saving people's lives. Not sure why they put this in as it didn't really have anything to do with the rest of the book. Not even any of the characters on her holiday made a second appearance.
The main story was not as gripping as the mystery in Book 1. It centered on Lisbeth and her being the main suspect in a triple murder. But really, any cop/detective-show lover would know that just because there are fingerprints on the weapon doesn't mean that person fired it. And thrown in for good measure were the bumbling cops, also a misogynist cop, a few ex-colleagues with huge grudges against Lisbeth and intent on seeing her put away, and also a few, just enough it seemed, friends, nearly every person who ever liked her in her whole life showed up to try and help prove her innocence, including Blomkvist who played a much more minor role in this book (and I'm still not sure how he found his way to the farmhouse in the final scene).
There were some frustrating moments, especially when someone investigating the murders suddenly has a flicker of a new thought, a new insight, but not enough to know for sure, so they give up trying to figure it out and go to bed. This happened at least twice in the book, a deliberate technique by Larsson to keep us readers in suspence. But used too much.
Had trouble keeping up with all the Swedish surnames; too many of them sounded alike. But very satisfied with what happened to evil rapist Bjurman and the other thugs.
The book ended quite abruptly. I would have liked more of a wrap-up, with how Lisbeth got her freedom back, and what came of her friendships with everybody. Perhaps this might be explained in the next book. Also I'm predicting Lisbeth's sister Camille will show up in the next book. (less)