The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

by Stieg Larsson | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1847245455 Global Overview for this book
Registered by chich of Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on 9/29/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Monday, September 29, 2008
What a amazing read! I had more or less given up on mysteries and thrillers, I felt the last few ones I read were all the same and I just became bored with them. I have to say that the few thrillers I actually enjoyed reading in the past few years were mainly written by Scandinavian authors (Analdur Indridason and Henning Mankell amongst others) and this was my main incentive in buying this book. I was not disappointed! The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is very well-written, full of suspense, intelligent and offers very interesting insight into contemporary societies. Oh, did I mention that the characterization is fantastic and that it is a engrossing read?!

I couldn't resist and ordered a copy of the second volume of the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, I can't wait to read it:o)

From the Inside Flap:
Financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist has made his living uncovering the corrupt and crooked practices of Stockholm's leading financiers in his magazine, Millennium. But one expose unexpectedly backfires, and Blomkvist's reputation is in tatters. When he is offered an investigative job by powerful businessman Henrik Vanger, he is in no position to refuse. But he is surprised to find it has nothing to do with high finance - this time, it is a case of murder.
Many years ago, Henrik's niece, Harriet, disappeared during a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the Vangers. No-one saw her leave the island, and no body was ever found. Even so, Henrik is convinced that she was murdered by a member of his own family - the tightly knit but dysfunctional Vanger clan.
Blomkvist is soon in over his head. He has linked Harriet's disappearance to a number of gruesome murders from forty years ago, but it has become too dangerous to proceed alone. He needs a competent assistant, and he gets one: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist, Lisbeth Salander. This truculent young woman has problems of her own. She in unwilling to take orders, rides a motorbike like a Hell's Angel and handles makeshift weapons with a skill born of rage.
This improbably pair unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

About the Author:
Stieg Larsson was the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Expo. He was a leading expert on anti-democratic, right-wing extremist organisations. He died in 2004, soon after delivering the text of the novels that make up the Millennium Trilogy.

Journal Entry 2 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Wednesday, June 17, 2009








Starting a BookRay, PM me if you want to join!


Mailing order:
1) BooksnBeer, US (Virginia), US shipping.
2) kerbam1421, US (Maryland), US shipping.
3) Aberpeter, US (Washington), US shipping preferred but can ship to Europe.
4) Jonniboi, UK, UK shipping.
5) Fluffy-Owl, UK, UK shipping preferred.
6) Cross-patch, UK, UK shipping preferred.
7) ScottishHoosier, UK, EU shipping preferred.
8) deludeddaydream, UK, UK/EU shipping preferred.
9) lottiotta, UK, will ship anywhere via surface.
10) tanamo, UK, will ship anywhere.
11) Hayes13, Italy, will ship anywhere. --> asked to be skipped
12) hyper7, South Africa, will ship anywhere. --> not responding to PMs
13) gussy916, Singapore, Asia shipping preferred. --> asked to be skipped
14) freepages, Australia (ACT), Australia shipping.
15) Elddau1, Elddau1, shipping prefs unknown.
16) Carole888, Australia (Western Australia), Australia shipping. --> asked to be skipped.
17) foxygirlACT, Australia (ACT), can ship anywhere. --> asked to be skipped.
18) charliewendy, Australia (Victoria), can ship anywhere. --> asked to be skipped.
19) ealasaidmae, Canada, US/Canada shipping. --> asked to be skipped.
20) jsara, US, US/Canada shipping preferred but int'l ok.
21) silvia-pco, Portugal, EU shipping.
22) faerie-glen, Germany, ships to the US via surface mail.
23) aetm, US, US shipping. --> asked to be skipped
24) collectorkerri, US, US/Canada shipping.




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• wrap it up well and pass it on to the next participant

Please PM me in case of any problems/unforeseen delay. If you are experiencing an RBC (Reading Backlog Crisis) or no longer wish to read the book, let me know and I will move/remove you down/off the list.

Hint: Ask for the address of the next on the list before you have finished reading; sometimes it takes a while before you get a reply. Some people don't get PM's. You may want to look for an e-mail address on their profile, or leave an ISO message on the forum. If the person doesn't respond within 7-10 days (use your judgement), please PM the next person, and then me, so I can update the bookring list.

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Happy reading everyone!

Journal Entry 3 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Here we go!

Book sent to booksnbeer today, enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by BooksnBeer from Annandale, Virginia USA on Monday, July 06, 2009
Wow - this really got here fast. It looks even more interesting then I thought. I have one and a half books rings in front of this one - but, no fear I read fast.

I'll journal again when I do start it.

Journal Entry 5 by BooksnBeer from Annandale, Virginia USA on Saturday, August 15, 2009
Hmm…. What to say about this book. I did enjoy it – I liked the European favorite to it. It is a very thick book but, it does read very fast. It did take me a little while to get into the characters but, by half way I was getting to know the characters and beginning to like them. I did like the real world feel to the way things worked out, it gave credence to the characters and the plot. I look forward to the next in the series. I am looking for more character development and discovery.

This will be going out in the mail shortly.

Journal Entry 6 by kerbam1421 from Halethorpe, Maryland USA on Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Received this one and the 2nd one yesterday, 8/17 - I have 2 rings in front of it, so I will get to it ASAP! Thank you for including me and sending my way! :)

UPDATE: I started reading this yesterday, 8/31/09 - I'm already almost 200 pages in and enjoying it! :)

Journal Entry 7 by kerbam1421 from Halethorpe, Maryland USA on Thursday, September 10, 2009
I did enjoy this book - however, maybe it's just me, but I felt like all the stuff with the corporations, etc. etc., could have been left out. What I liked in the story was when Lisbeth and Mikael were trying to figure out what happened to Harriet. That was towards the middle of the book and that kept me intrigued and kept the pages moving. The beginning and the end, I feel, could have been left out. It also started out a little slow for me, but then once I got towards the middle, it flew. I am happy I read this and started the 2nd book last night.

Journal Entry 8 by kerbam1421 at Landover, Maryland USA on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (9/10/2009 UTC) at Landover, Maryland USA

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Off to Aberpeter! Thanks for including me! (I'm sending out these 2 books separately, so you can get started, they're pretty thick!)

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Journal Entry 9 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Monday, September 14, 2009
it's here!

Journal Entry 10 by Aberpeter from Kirkland, Washington USA on Monday, September 21, 2009
Steig Larsson is a master story teller. He takes complex characters and weaves them into a tale of greed, deceit, murder, corruption, and the hint of a romance. The novel starts off slow, giving the reader necessary background information. By the time Mikael is interested in Harriet's murder mystery, the story moves at a rapid pace. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series

Journal Entry 11 by Aberpeter at -- Mail or by hand-ring, RABCK, meetings, Washington USA on Sunday, September 27, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (9/28/2009 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-ring, RABCK, meetings, Washington USA

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dropped off at the post office - the book is on it's way to Jonniboi

Journal Entry 12 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 07, 2009
that was quickly sent to me, I should be able to read it quickly enough, but there's a few books infront, I'll write a new journal entry when I've started it to keep you up to date, I'll pm the next person now!

Journal Entry 13 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, November 08, 2009
I've exceeded my limit of 4 weeks but I'm soooooo close to finishing it, don't worry, I shall finish it soon! I'm sorry for taking this long!

Journal Entry 14 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, November 19, 2009
I have to give this book a 10/10, it well deserves this, and I'm soooooooo nervous for the next book as a few people have mentioned to me that it's better than this one! I'm sooooo upset about the fact that Stieg Larsson is not alive and cannot experience how famous his books are, I cannot wait for the sequal!

I have to admit that I'll be slow sending off as I am running low on money at the moment, but don't worry, I will have enough sometime! Sorry for having to keep this book longer and longer!

Journal Entry 15 by Jonniboi at Lostwithiel, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/9/2009 UTC) at Lostwithiel, Cornwall United Kingdom

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sent off to FluffyOwl I hope she enjoys it, and sorry for keeping this book for so long!

Journal Entry 16 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Thursday, December 10, 2009
Received today, I can tell from the post-it note included in the package that Jonniboi liked it!! Have several bookrings in my possession at the moment, but this one may just have puished itself up the order!

Journal Entry 17 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Not a great book. Far too much detailed information about money, finances and financial journalism. Also, I thought the plot a tad ludicrous and the ending REALLY annoyed me. I appreciate it is part of a triology, but I like answers! I can see that this is a well written book, and that it will be loved by many people, but not for me. Although I am going to have to read parts 2 and 3 to get the answers, I think!

Will send out after Christmas.

Journal Entry 18 by Fluffy-Owl from Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom on Saturday, January 02, 2010
Crosspatch asked to be skipped, so am waiting for an address from ScottishHoosier. Have sent a repeat PM as not sure if they're getting through.

Journal Entry 19 by Fluffy-Owl at Cambridge, UK, Another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, January 03, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (1/4/2010 UTC) at Cambridge, UK, Another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Posting off to the next in line, hope it travels well and arrives safely.

Journal Entry 20 by ScottishHoosier on Thursday, January 07, 2010
Arrived safe and sound just now. Thank you so much!

Journal Entry 21 by ScottishHoosier on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
This book was a bit slow at first, but once it got started, I really didn't want to put it down. I'm really looking forward to the other two books.

Thank you, chich, and everyone else!

Journal Entry 22 by ScottishHoosier on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Taking to the post office to send to deludeddaydream.

Journal Entry 23 by deludeddaydream from -- Somewhere in Hampshire, Hampshire United Kingdom on Thursday, March 25, 2010
Received today. Thank you! :-) It will take me a couple of weeks to get to this book as I have an assignment due, but I will have it moving before a month is up.

Update 21st April: I haven't got very far with this book as I am up to my eyeballs in family and study. I don't want to hold everyone else up, so I am going to send it on to the next person in the ring. I've PM'd lottiotta for his/her address and will post it as soon as I hear from them.

Journal Entry 24 by deludeddaydream at Horndean, Hampshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 26, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (4/26/2010 UTC) at Horndean, Hampshire United Kingdom

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Posted to lottiotta. Enjoy! :-)

Journal Entry 25 by Lottiotta from Aberdovey, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thank you for posting this to me, deludeddaydream. :) I just got it this morning, and as is always the way, I've not had a bookring for about 4 months and then suddenly 5 arrive within 3 weeks of each other! This is the latest, and I am getting steadily through the others. There are now two ahead of it - Jekyll and Hyde, and Lammas Night. If you want to stalk my reading, down to which page I'm on, you can have a look at my GoodReads page. :) I hope to start this one in about three weeks. I'm really sorry for the delay, I can't wait to get to this one!

15th May 2010
I've finished both the bookrings ahead of this one, so I hope to start reading it tonight. :)

23rd May 2010
Just finished this one, I liked the way it all wrapped up at the end. Someone said that Lisbeth Salander is "too autistic", but that's stupid, because she's obviously on the autism scale somewhere and manages to have a job, and that's not very autistic at all. Mikael mentions Asperger's Syndrome, so that seems reasonable.

The story was awesome. The author builds momentum very skillfully, and he's all about the little details in everything, from relationships to complex financial commentary. It reads as if it was written in another language, so sometimes the dialogue or the figures of speech seemed awkward, but the story was good enough that I didn't mind.

I'm about to PM Tanamo for the next address. :)

27th May 2010
What with all the site updating weirdness, I don't know if PMs are getting through, so I put out an ISO for Tanamo in the forums just now.

3rd June 2010
Just PMed again, leaving the "Send me a copy" box unchecked, and if I don't hear back in a few days (ie: two weeks from first PM) I'll try the next on the list... Though I will probably leave it longer, since the PMs aren't fixed for everyone. I did bump into Tanamo in the forums, and replied saying I needed to contact him/her about a bookring, but since we can't find out if people have replied to our forum posts at the mo, it's tricky to know whether any of these messages have been received at all.

Journal Entry 26 by Lottiotta at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, June 07, 2010

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Posted second class to Tanamo. :) Enjoy!

Journal Entry 27 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 10, 2010
Safely received today and I will get to it as soon as I've finished my current book. Thanks a lot Lottiotta for persevering with the pms.

Journal Entry 28 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 17, 2010
Brilliant. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Journal Entry 29 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 19, 2010
Hayes13 asked to be skipped so I'm off to pm Hyper7

Journal Entry 30 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
No reply from Hyper7 so will pm the next person.

Journal Entry 31 by wingTanamowing at Hinckley, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, July 09, 2010
Finally heard from gussy916 who wants to be skipped so I'll now pm Freepages.

Journal Entry 32 by wingTanamowing at Calwell, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (7/13/2010 UTC) at Calwell, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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Got Freepages address so mailing out today.

Journal Entry 33 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Sunday, August 22, 2010

This is the second of chich's bookrays I've received today!
I've already started the other one and I hope I can get to this one soon.
Thanks to everyone before me who has kept this one moving :-)

Journal Entry 34 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I really enjoyed this, although, I have to admit, I got impatient and part-way through jumped to where the murderer was discovered! I don't really feel that I missed too much, just some more character developement of Salander.
I'm not really a good crime fiction reader, because I do tend to jump to the end ;-)
I really liked the Swedish setting and the connection with Australia was a bit of a surprise and a bit of fun considering this book's travels. Really enjoyed the sting that was done on the evil industralist.
With the Australian bits, I'm not sure that the sprig of Leptospermum (Myrtaceae) rubinette is a real variety of Australian tea tree. There are many tea trees that are close to this description but I couldn't find it in the Australian Botanical Gardens database. I'll try to upload a pic of one that's close.
Also, it's only the huge properties in the outback that are really called 'stations' these days. I think of 'stations' as too far away to drive to by car and they come with their own runway for light aircraft. Closer to civilisation farms/ranches are called Properties or Working Properties. Or 'The Farm' by owners of a family farm. I even know a family of Cochrans who live on 'The Land'. Although, they are not your outback types, more "The Man from Snowy River" types :-)

I've PMed FoxygirlACT and will send the book on once I receive her address.

Journal Entry 35 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Taking to the Canberra Bookcrossing Meet-up at Floriade for Elddau1 to read, while we are waiting for FoxyGirlACT to respond to PMs.

Enjoy :)

26 Sep 2010 Edited - just heard from FoxyGirlACT she would like to be skipped so the book is to go to the next in line after Elddau1 is finished.

Journal Entry 36 by Elddau1 at Gundaroo, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 05, 2010
The lovely FreePages handed this to me at the Canberra Meet-up to read and pass on, as she was having trouble getting a reply from FoxygirlACT. It's on my wishlist, so thankyou so much FreePages.
I'll read it as quickly as possible and hope that Foxygirl is ready for it then.

Thoughts so far:
I'm over half way and enjoying it. Though I found it started a little slowly.

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Edited to add: I just read the above JE so I understand I will be sending this to the person after Foxygirl next.
Have PMed charliewendy.
charliewendy asked to be skipped. PMing the next person.

Journal Entry 37 by Elddau1 at Gundaroo, New South Wales Australia on Friday, October 08, 2010
ealasaidmae has asked to be skipped.
have now PMed jsara

Journal Entry 38 by Elddau1 at Gundaroo, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Rating 7.5*
I wasn’t overawed - perhaps all the media hype mislead me - but overall this reads very well and is an enjoyable good read. The murder case is the most interesting and kept me glued to see what would happen. I loved the main characters, especially Lisbeth Salander - they were well drawn and very interesting. I guessed what was going to happen just before they did but not too much before so it kept me interested as my guesses went back and forth. The pace of the book is a slower one than other murder mysteries, so relax into it and enjoy. There was a lot of interesting detail in the investigation which was clever.
I would have given it an 8 but there is an extra shell of a mystery around the core that didn’t add anything to interest me. I waded through the first and last part of the book, with a Jeffrey Archer-styled corporate / computer thriller. It’s almost another book by itself and one that I wouldn’t normally read. Overall if you focus on the core story of the book it’s a satisfying and very well-rounded mystery.

With thanks to chich for the opportunity to read this.

Journal Entry 39 by Elddau1 at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Posted to jsara in New Hampshire, USA, this afternoon.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 40 by jsara at Stratham, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, November 02, 2010
arrived safely and started reading last weekend. thank you!!

Journal Entry 41 by jsara at Stratham, New Hampshire USA on Friday, November 26, 2010
it took about 100 pages before I really got into this book. I read the remaining 400+ pages in a couple days. I only stopped because of sleep & work!! a great story. can't wait to read the next one.

just pm'd the next reader. it will be in the mail shortly after getting the address.

Journal Entry 42 by jsara at Book Ring!, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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enjoy

Journal Entry 43 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Friday, February 04, 2011
It's here! I have a few books on my TBR pile at the moment, but I'll try to get to this one ASAP. I'll keep you posted.

Journal Entry 44 by silvia-pco at Murtosa, Aveiro Portugal on Tuesday, May 31, 2011
First of all, I'm sorry I kept this book for so long. I only had the chance to pick it up about a week ago; fortunately it reads really well and quickly.

I really liked the book. The author really did a great job at weaving such complex subjects and so many characters into such a good plot. Mixing a murder mystery with financial journalism and all the peculiarities of the corporate world doesn't seem like such a great idea, but it does work wonderfully in this book. I quite liked all the characters and I'm now very curious to read the next book on the series so I can see how they develop.

Some readers weren't so fond of the ending, but it worked for me. It didn't feel like that forced trilogy book ending that leaves everything hanging and all the questions unanswered... and it wasn't your typical "happy ever after" ending either. Very refreshing :)

The book's already on its way to faerie-glen! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 45 by faerie-glen at Ulm, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, June 05, 2011
arrived, thanks!

Journal Entry 46 by faerie-glen at Ulm, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A surprisingly entertaining read after laboring through the first chapter, which was so unbelievably boring that I almost gave up on the book.

Journal Entry 47 by wingcollectorkerriwing at Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, July 25, 2011
I guess I am the last reader in this bookray.

Journal Entry 48 by wingcollectorkerriwing at Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, January 30, 2012
As many other readers have said, this book was very hard to get into. But when I finally did, I was fascinated, especially with the character of Lisbeth. What was most foreign to me was the description of her guardianship. I don't have much experience with the mentally ill (and I don't think Lisbeth really is mentally ill, maybe high on the autism spectrum), but I don't think we have anything similar in America. I think here people are much more on their own to deal with mental problems, especially after they turn 18.

I also liked the European setting of the book; I am of Norwegian heritage, among other ethnicities, so it was interesting to read my first bit of Scandinavian crime fiction. I know there are other Scandinavian authors popular right now--Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell--that I should check out. All in all, a great crime novel.

The book is on its way to lauraloo29 as part of my First Sentences Virtual Bookbox. The first sentence (of the prologue) is "It happened every year, was almost a ritual."


Journal Entry 49 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, February 25, 2012
How exciting! Thank you!

Journal Entry 50 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Saturday, June 09, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/14/2012 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada

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Sending as part of the Summer Gift Giving to AyeshaRaees. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 51 by AyeshaRaees at Lahore, Punjab Pakistan on Friday, June 29, 2012
Recieved safe and sound! :D thank you lauraloo29! I have been dying to get my hands on this book for some time. XD I have heard so much about it now that I hardly could wait. :D Thank you so much. I can't wait to read it. :)

Thank you also for the AMAZING little cute diary with it. It was adorable.

Happy SGG! :D

Journal Entry 52 by AyeshaRaees at Lahore, Punjab Pakistan on Sunday, July 14, 2013
After a year, I finally found the time to open this to read. Honestly the first few pages were exhaustively boring with too much information to digest and I picked up the book to continue there days after I bookmarked it. But as soon you breakthrough from the start, you get really into the book. With all the things attached to crime/mystery fiction, you start making guesses along as you read and, obviously, get proven wrong with time. The banger family really confused me at the beginning and I had to consult the family tree in the beginning to know what's up.
Other than that, I found the financial stuff exciting as well but only in the end. I guess it is always nice for the protagonist to get back on his feet.
Though, all these things were just the dressing over a dish for me. I was extremely disturbed by the subjugation of women and rape culture it showed. It was extremely disturbing to realize that such creuleties take place even today. But, for me, Salandar has to be my favourite character as she did not succumble to the bad things that happened to her and put a fight back. I guess I could relate to feisty personality of hers as I also get angry at te injustice happen around me and always try to stand up to do something about it. I think Salandar is one of my favourite characters in the book.

I enjoyed the book immensely. Despite the thriller, the book is also an epitome of cultural and women subjugation.
Will be reading the next parts as well.

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