So I finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
I’m not happy.
I’m trying to content myself with the idea that the horrible ending was simply a vehicle to create a need for a sequel. It’s not working.
I wasn’t looking for a happily-ever-after ending. No book like that could have that type of ending and be a legitimate, logical story. But there’s something between happily-ever-after and crushing any liking or respect the reader had for the characters. For me, Larsson’s ending did the latter.
I spent four hundred odd pages rooting for Mikael Blomkvist and Henrik Vanger and, in the last hundred or so pages, I found them absolutely despicable.
Maybe that’s how high powered journalists and ridiculously wealthy corporate giants behave, but it doesn’t make a good story.
I’d been debating whether or not to buy the next two books in the series. I’m not buying them. The ending of this book and the excerpt from the second included in my copy sufficiently convinced me of that. My money will be better spent elsewhere.