I had a problem with this book. Not that I didn’t like the writing or even the characters, my problem was that I just didn’t care. I wasn’t completely wrapped up into their world and excited to read this book once I got started. Everyone (and this happens a lot with books that people tell me I HAVE TO READ IT WAS SO AMAZING BLAHSJDDKJSFKJSDHFKJHDFKJHDSFH FANGIRL SQUEEEEEE) was so up my butt about this book the whole time I was reading it that I just wanted to get rid of it. I loved Lisbeth, I wanted more of her story, I could care less about Mikael and his troubles with the magazine and the financial world and the crime solving, whatever.
All I wanted to know was her back-story and life, and it was like Stieg kept refusing me what I wanted! And then (SPOILER) she gets raped.
Sigh. I’m never going to see the point of adding in a rape in a story, ever. I know it happens in real life, I know it’s meant for shock and awe, and to make you sympathize with certain people in stories. But I will NEVER be able to read a scene like that all the way through without having to put the book down, cry, and try not to think about how this is somebody’s reality somewhere. I don’t read books to be put into real situations. I read to escape reality and when things get a little too real I need to get out of there.
I do have to say: Her revenge was the most amazing thing I’ve ever read in my entire life. I would NEVER do that to another human being no matter what they did to me, but I applaud her. I’m going to read the rest eventually because I like Lisbeth and I was promised more of her life than of Mikaels, so hopefully the rest of the series is good.
Otherwise, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book (even if the rape didn’t happen) and declared ‘No thanks’ on the other books.
We will see, for now I’m working on too many projects.