The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… where to begin? I started this book about four times in the fall, but never got into it enough to keep going. The story of Swedish investment gone bad was mind numbing. Then I got a friend’s mom’s book club summer recommendation list and there it was, listed about ten times by a variety of readers. I love this woman’s summer reading list, and I’ve trusted (with success) a number of its titles. So with that final shove, I gave The Girl one more try. Sure enough, about 25 pages in, I was hooked. I had heard/read somewhere about the men hating women theme of the book and was nervous about anything overly explicit/hateful. Unfortunately I couldn’t find enough specific information to stop me from reading further.
So I finished the story. And I’m glad to be moving on. No thanks to The Girl. It’s sadistic/explicit/hateful scenes for barely a story line or character worth knowing more about. I’d take Olive Kitteridge over The Girl any day.
Then I went to Costco… scanning the titles for something good. The woman next to me asked if I’d read The Girl and before I could respond she began gushing about book #2 and how she’s #35 on the library waiting list for book #3. Hhmmm… how to respond. Thanks for the recommendation? I picked up The Lost City of Z instead.