Friday, October 7, 2011

Of dragons and tattoos

I'm late to the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" club I know, but I recently read the first book and loved it. It's such a captivating story, with so many things to keep the reader's interest. And unpredictable - I hate when books like this follow a cookie-cutter formula.

I had purchased the first book, but have had a hard time finding the second one, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. (Yes, I know I can order it, but I have such fun finding books in real stores. Instant gratification and all that.) Last weekend, I found the third, The Girl who Played with Fire, at our local library and checked it out.

I finished the book on my lunch break today. As I read the last paragraph, I hoped desperately the author would soon release a fourth book. I HAD to know what happened next! Did Lisbeth live or die? What happens now that the quest that defined her life is over? Does she let herself love? What about Erika and the magazine?

Then, I happened to read the author blurb on the back of the book jacket. The author died shortly after submitting the three manuscripts, six years ago. How horrible! Of course it's always a tragedy when the world loses an artistic soul, but there simply had to be more to this story. The characters aren't finished telling us about themselves yet!


  1. Am I the only person in the United States who started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and just couldn't get past the first 50 pages? It could be because thrillers are not my preferred literature. I feel so left out!

  2. It was slow at first. But once you get past the first few chapters, it gets much better!

  3. I've seen all the movies but haven't read the books yet... I'll have to request that book club add them to the schedule!

  4. After reading your review it makes me want to rush out and read it- I have not read any of these books. I think I read another review that was not favorable so I never bothered buying it- but now I think I may reconsider :)