2017 Reading Challenge, Book 47 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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This book took me a weirdly long time to get around to reading this year and I don’t even really know why because it is a book that I could always see myself getting along with.

And I did mostly, whether I actually enjoyed it or not is a different question:

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 47, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
2017 Reading Challenge, Book 47, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I did try to read this book in 2016 and didn’t get along with it. It was just not the right time for me to read this book. On this attempt however it was. And I found myself not hating it for the most part.

It’s slow. It is somehow action packed and really slow and I don’t even know how that is possible. It took about 100 pages before I found myself really hooked on the narrative. Then it died down again and took another 100 or so pages to pick up again. Then it dipped down and it kind of kept doing that. Come the end I was sort of left feeling a bit meh.

This book is brutal at times, in fact the parts that are most brutal are the parts that involve sexual assault. And that it the over arching theme of the whole book really. Violence, specifically sexual, against women. It sometimes makes tough reading. It’s also sometimes handled kinda badly. Or at least I felt like it was. It felt a bit like some of the scenes were shocking for shock’s sake. And that got kind of annoying after a while.

The plot of this book became kind of obvious after the first 150 pages or so. I knew that she wasn’t dead and I knew that they would figure it out. I kind of knew who helped other people out and the way that it was resolved in part was kind of obvious to me. I don’t know if that’s because I just kind of interact with a lot of those murder mystery/cold cases things and they kind of all follow the same formula or because it was just that A to B.

I wasn’t really a fan of any of these characters, they all felt a bit one dimensional and I didn’t really finish the book feeling like they were fully formed characters who I was invested in. I didn’t feel like I was compelled to read the second one. I didn’t really care all that much. My main issue with it is that it felt like everything that Lisbeth was had changed fundamentally and I didn’t like it. The final paragraph felt like a huge departure from the character that Lisbeth has been towards the beginning of the novel.

I just didn’t get the hype. There were huge lulls before anything exciting happened again and then to be fair I am using the term exciting kind of loosely to be fair. It was readable sure, I got through it pretty quickly, but it just came with all these expectations that it just didn’t meet.

I think on some level I would recommend this book, but also there are other books that I would recommend above it.

3/5 stars

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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