It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book as intense and mysterious as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson. This was also one of the first times I’ve ever read a book before watching the movie. I know, I’m horrible! I don’t think I should ever judge a book by its cover, or a title for that matter. When I had first heard about the book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I didn’t know what to think. I honestly thought it was a ninja based, Chinese mystery. I hear Dragon, and I think the Chinese Dragon! I know I shouldn’t stereotype, but what can I say?
Well, this book did not take place in China. Instead, it takes place in Sweden. The first be three chapters are quite slow, I went back and re-read the first chapter after finishing Chapter 3. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, so I can’t go into too much detail without ruining the plot. The beginning parallels the lives of two protagonists; a financial journalists Kalle Blomkvist and a computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander. The book jumps back and forth detailing the lives of these two characters. However, every detail is extremely relevant. Here’s another piece of the puzzle, the book highlights a critical topic, Violence against Women. The story also incorporates a wide range of themes: Violence against women, rape, sexuality, revenge, murder, mystery, incest, and romance. Have you gotten a hold of your attention yet? Well, that’s all I can tell you about the book!
I can admit one more thing; this book consumed me. I couldn’t put it down! It got to the point where Shehab took the book away and said, “Can you pay attention to me?” What can I say, this book was intense! I’m usually great at uncovering mysteries. However, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo took me by surprise!
After reading the book, I did watch the movie on Netflix. To be completely honest the movie left out a lot of great details. Yes, that happens in a lot of movies based on books. However, I really wouldn’t recommend watching the film.