The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I'm definitely falling way behind the New York Times Bestseller list, for having just finished reading the aforementioned book. I first heard this one in an entertainment tv show, showing actress Rooney Mara supposedly going to the extremes to become Lisbeth Salander, one of the book's main characters. It did piqued my interest and had written it in my brain's memory bank.
Rooney Mara as the girl with the dragon tattoo.

It was because of my sister's addiction of downloading free e-books for her Samsung Galaxy Tab that I got a chance to actually read the novel. (note to self: buy own tablet for ebooks).

At first I thought it would be more of a psychological drama , focusing more on the tattooed girl and maybe her adventures and self discovery, but I couldn't have been more farther from the truth.

The book is in fact is a gripping crime novel, revolving around a mysterious disappearance (or murder as what was originally implied) of a girl 40 years ago. A financial journalist named Mikael Blomkvist and private investigator Lisbeth was hired by the girl's rich uncle to finally put a rest to this unresolved case.

I did some research after I finished the book and found out  that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of a trilogy of novels, the other two were entitled The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest.

I was also slightly disturbed to know that the author, Stieg Larsson, got the book's inspiration from witnessing a gang rape of a young girl named Lisbeth when he was just 15 years old. According to what I've read, he was so ashamed that he didn't stand up for the girl that he made it his mission to put sexual violence and women's right as the central theme on most of his life's works. The original Swedish title of the said book was actually "Men Who Hate Women".

Aside from the American version (with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig) which I think will be shown around December this year, there was already a Swedish Production which has created their own film version of the said Trilogy, first shown last 2009. I've yet to see that version, I'm planning to download it tomorrow via torrent.
Swedish version
Although the novel's narration was really nice, I can't help but think that the approach was not different to those who I've read before, particularly  that of Sidney Sheldon's, (which books I've read almost half my life by the way). The plot was typical of  Sheldon's now that I think about it, the same character ensemble, the same climax , the same resolution. Halfway through the book I already know who was behind everything, which usually turns out to be the most unassuming person,  and even vaguely concurred that the murdered girl was not really murdered.You get that predictability by reading Sheldon's work, hehe. I  think Sheldon's literary web is far more intricate than Larsson, or is it because I was just familiar with that kind of plot? I don't know anymore.

But I can still consider The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo a good read, if you're into that whole thriller-conspiracy stories. If not (much like me), the book can still give you a few hours of entertaining suspense.


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