OK so being fashionably late is perfectly chic and acceptable but I’ve probably been a decade and two versions of the movie late to this party. So did it live up to the hype?
Despite having read countless true and fictional crime books some of the content in this book genuinely did shock me. Some of it was just that bit too graphic for me if I’m completely honest and at times I felt my stomach literally heave.
I absolutely get it though – you’re meant to be utterly shocked and horrified so that you feel the anger Salander does and relate to her character. That aside, I very much like my own little happy bubble thanks – I know what anal rape is, I dont need to read it word by word.
There are a couple of stories intertwined within the book and numerous themes running wild, there could almost be three separate books in this first story let alone the trilogy.
I liked the Vanger murder mystery but I did guess early on what had happened to Harriet on a very basic level. I don’t want to give any of the story away for anyone who hasn’t read it so I won’t say too much more.
I found the book really slow starting and difficult to get into. It was only when I was about a third of the way through that I actually got into it and wanted to keep reading. I’ll admit now I am a monkey for skim reading when I get bored of descriptive text and I did find myself skim reading parts of this because it is just that bit too descriptive for me.
The ending in so far as the Vanger family goes I thought was a bit far fetched and odd. But then they’re supposed to be right?
The Wennerstrom thing… Well it was kind of an undertone built up all the way through the book that seemed to be an afterthought dealt with very quickly at the end.
Blomkvist is a bit of a girl in my mind, but I love that he’s saved by a woman instead of the age old vice versa. Interesting to see how he’s played in the movies, especially since Daniel Craig is not at all who I imagined in the role.
I wouldn’t say it was my favourite book, but I am intrigued to see what the 2nd and 3rd books in the Millenium Trilogy bring… Please no one comment giving the game or plot away for me, but it would be great to hear your thoughts on how they compare with the first book.