I guess part of the appeal of the book is the "dark and twisted characters" but in spite of any novelty that might hold, I loathed them and struggled to finish the book.
Hasn't put me off the genre but certainly put me off the author.
Thought the performances were about right for what the author was trying to convey but since I didn't like that, the performances didn't count for much.
Started this book several times hoping I would "find out" what the buzz was all about. After I finished it - finally - I realized that the characters really were despicable people and that I had wasted my time.
I took all the J.T. Ellison books off my wish list. I found the romance between the lead characters to be a distraction and thought it did very little to humanize them.
I didn't enjoy the book but if you like a little romance with your detective/light perhaps it might appeal to you. I prefer a little more hard-boiled cop story with realistic police work. The heroine could have just as easily been a school teacher and there was very little detective work involved. Predictable and unimpressive.
I fell in love with this series from the start. The quirky character of Lisbeth with her intelligence and poor social skills is beautifully conceived and written. The Swedish locales made the books seem fresh and different and the plotting was extremely well done. The narration was also first rate. It was bittersweet to read the final chapter knowing that it would truly be the end. I have recommended the series to family and friends. No one has been disappointed although many think the first and last books are marginally better than the middle one. They are all really hard to put down. Bravo, Mr. Larsson, and thank you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery! The setting is a little different than the standard LA, NYC or Washington and that was refreshing. The characters are very well drawn with more than enough detail to make them come alive. Even though there are quite a few characters, the author has been careful to define them well and avoid any confusion. The plot is complex enough to satisfy and the resolution is, while not entirely joyful, totally realistic. Author keeps everything turning all the way through. Enjoyed the narration too. Recommended without hesitation.
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