May 22, 2009

June 2009: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson

Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel…It's Mr. Larsson's two protagonists—Carl Mikael Blomkvist, a reporter filling the role of detective, and his sidekick, Lisbeth Salander, a k a the girl with the dragon tattoo—who make this novel more than your run-of-the-mill mystery: they're both compelling, conflicted, complicated people, idiosyncratic in the extreme. -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Kasey: Loved it! Can't wait for the second book in the series.

Shannon: I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one as well.

Amanda: I LOVED this book--it had everything-action, romance, mystery, family drama---the works!

Jen S.: A nice change of pace from our other reads. I learned that I do NOT want to be a ward of the state in Sweden.

Becca: Great read--entertaining, suspenseful, and intelligent (but a little slow at the start so hang in there).

Chari: I loved the different story line and learning a few details about life in Sweden then and now. Lots of interesting characters and overall a great read.

Holly: Great read, different than our normal selections. And it made me ponder giving my baby all sorts of Swedish names.

Aday: A clever who dunnit once you get past the first 100 pages or so, and then there’s no turning back.

Linsy: Loved the book. The combination of mystery/suspense with romance was irresistible and the characters were very intriguing. I didn't want to put it down.

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