Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fourty-five: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

November Book Club Selection

October Book Club Selection is Let the Great World Spin which I've read already.

Mikael Blomkvist, a financial reporter convicted of libel, is hired to write the Vanger family history and solve the mystery of Harriet Vanger's disappearance over 40 years ago.  Lisbeth Salander, a private investigator, helps him tap into his nemesis' files and explore the mounts of research over the past years on Harriet's disappearance.

The book is set in Sweden and broken into sections as the investigations move forward. At the start of each section facts about women & sex crimes/acts in Sweden are included. The first half of the book is mostly building background of the story.  It really wasn't until 300 pages in did the book finally keep me on the edge.  Mikael started to find new clues and the investigation took off.  Some of the twists were predictable and a few chapters at the end of the book seemed to be implying background for the next book.

The geographical setting of the story was kinda hard to comprehend since I'm not familiar with many towns in Sweden even though I have visited there.  I felt like I might have lost out on a nuisance of the story. 

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