Prior to my vacation my book consultant (and wonderful friend), Heather told me she was reading a book called the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and that it was really really good. A few days later she told me that she was one hundred and fifty pages into the book and said that she had it all figured out and didn’t want to waste her time reading the rest of the book (644 pages).
This sounded intriguing (by the way Heather has a way of making everything sound intriguing) so I got my hands on a copy of the book and started reading it towards the end of my trip. It’s a story about Mickael Blomkvist who is a publisher for Millenium, a political magazine in Sweden.
Mikael has gotten himself into some trouble based on a article he wrote for his magazine and decides to take some time off from his job because of a pending prison sentence. While off he accepts an offer from an elderly gentleman, Henrik Vanger, a multimillionaire CEO who wants him to write an autobiography about his life and while doing so hopefully solve the mystery behind the disappearance of his niece some forty years earlier. Mikael partners up with a female research expert named Lisbeth Salander in an effort to solve the mystery. I will not tell you any more about the story except that I couldn’t put the book down.
After doing a little research on the internet I was happy to see that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in a trilogy of books written by author Stieg Larsson, but sad to see that he died in 2004 and that his books became best sellers post humorously. Upon reading more about the author it seems that in real life he was witness to a gang rape of a fifteen year old girl and never forgave himself for not helping her, thus the theme of sexual violence against women in his books.
So check it out if you are looking for something interesting to read and by the way I will bet all of my money that there is no way that Heather figured out what happened one hundred and fifty pages into the book, no way !