I had no expectations for this book, but it won the best of 2008 so I thought I'd give it a try. I was genuinely pleased with this book. The story line was good and well developed. I especially grew to love Lisbeth Salander. I can't wait to see what happens to Lisbeth and Mikael in book 2.
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
This is a plot-driven who-done-it that creates multi-dimensional characters. Larsson's story heats up about one-hour into the narrative and from then on, you don't want to stop listening. The intrigue involves an heiress, missing for over 30 years and presumed murdered. However, the story branches out into the family secrets of a wealthy industrialist, the injustices of the juvenile court system, and journalist ethics.
The author makes you care about his characters, wraps up the loose ends, but ultimately serves up a disappointing ending that doesn't detract from a well-written novel.
Just when you are sure you have this book figured out the plot twists. For readers who like the unexpected this is the novel.
I thought this book to be excellent. With the main story and all the side twists that came with it. Kept me coming back for more. Can't wait to see what comes from this author next.
This book started off very slow, and I thought that I was not going to continue listening. However, about a quarter way through I found myself engrossed in it. I loved the characters, especially Lizbeth, I loved her grit. I recommend this book, am glad I did not give up.
I was a bit hesitant to approach this novel, given the recent hype. I found it a most enjoyable mystery on multiple fronts. It reminded me a bit of THIRTEENTH TALE - not a predictable mystery, but more genuine. The characters were more interesting than so many and the setting is one with which many readers are unfamiliar. I look forward to the next volume.
First, if you hate coffee, this book will drive you nuts. One of my office mates is Swedish and I had to ask if Swedes REALLY drink that much coffee. Apparently they do. I hated to see this book end--the characters are compelling, the plot intricate and engaging, the twists believable (if horrifying). An outstanding book. I highly recommend it.
I read this on the chance that it might be good. I was intrigued from the first few minutes. It kept mine interest completely throughout. I had no clue who really did what.
I will warn you that it has some explicit sexual language and situations that may be offensive to some. But, well worth reading in spite of this.
I was hesitant about this book but decided to listen to it based on the reviews. The first two hours concerned me because the character development was slow but then after that it took off and I thought it was an excellent mystery. The narrator was fabulous, one of the best I've ever heard, crystal clear and good inflection. I will get the other two when they eventually come out on audible.