Open your eyes. Look around. What secrets do the people near you hold? Are they petty? Malicious? What keeps them hidden?
When I first picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I was intrigued by the title. It was different and I hadn't read a mystery in a long time. The synopsis of the novel does not do it justice. The book comes off as one that will take you for a spin and then leave you hanging with a confusing romance and a boring financial scandal. Instead, the plot develops with an intensity and urgency that wraps up the characters so that you as the reader must figure out each person's individual intentions. There are many characters that have large parts in the story. Every plot point was intertwined with a person's conflict. Lisbeth Salander is by far my favorite character. She is blunt and painfully confrontational. She makes her own decisions and doesn't let anyone choose for her. I loved that over the course of the book she learns how changes in her personality can be beneficial, but not always what she wants. There is a touch of humor in the relationship between Lisbeth Salander, and the reporter, Mikael Blomkvist. This helps to lighten the tone at times because Steig Larsson always has the power to scare the living daylights out of you.
This series has two more amazing novels that I am excited to read. When The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ends, the only thing that is over is the book itself. There aren't any more pages left, but the story of Lisbeth Salander is nowhere near finished. I turned the last page feeling oddly distraught and satisfied at the same time. Since there is so much more left to the series, I did not think I could be happy with the ending of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I recently started The Girl who Played with Fire, the next book in the trilogy, and on every page there are more juicy details to fill in every whole left by the previous novel.
If you have read the book, what is your take on its topic and intensity? How did you feel when you finished?