Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I almost gave up on the book altogether until I got to the mystery of Harriet Vanger. (SPOILER) Just to fill you in a little bit, the main characters of the book are Michael Blomkvist, a journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a hacker. I found it really interesting that there were two different main characters who actually don't meet each other until about halfway through the book. They each have their own separate plots. Blomkvist is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his niece, Harriet Vanger. The only problem is that the girl went missing over fifty years ago. When I was introduced to this plot, I could not stop reading. I won't spoil the mystery of whodunit, but I will tell you that even though it is a very long novel that takes some time and investment to read through, it is so worth it. The action and mystery is so in your face and raw that it is almost like you are right next to the characters, experiencing it all for yourself.
Lastly, I have to say something about the other main character, Lisbeth Salander. When you are introduced to her world, you have to take a step back. Salander is a bad ass chick with no regrets or emotions when it comes to serving up a steaming hot plate of justice. She may be a hacker, but she is a "good" hacker, if that is possible. Salander has her unspoken problems throughout the novel, which I am very excited to find out in the next installment, The Girl Who Played with Fire. I hear from a friend that it is the best of the three. I guess I will find out.