Author: Stieg Larsson

This book takes place in Sweden (originally written in Swedish). It is a very complex book with a lot of characters, twists and turns. The story, or at least part of it, is a mystery centered around the disappearance of a young girl in one of Sweden’s wealthiest families (a cold case which happened 40 years ago).  The book is really rich in detail with a quick pace. As you may have guessed, one of the main characters has a dragon tattoo. Lisbeth Salander is a young woman who has led a rather mysterious and interesting life. You find out more about her as the story goes on. I don’t want to say too much and give it away. It is such a pleasure to read and be surprised by the next bit of information. I really enjoyed this book. It is really well written with few paragraphs of filler. I could barely put it down. It left me eager to read the next book in the trilogy. All of the names of people, cities and streets are Swedish. That is the only thing I had a hard time with as unfamiliar names are hard for me to remember. But well worth the time to read!

BOTTOM LINE

Starts (1 to 5)    5-Stars!!

I highly recommend this book especially if you like myteries

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Book Title : Big Stone Gap: A Novel

Author : Adriana Trigiani

Big Stone Gap takes place in Virginia, in the small Appalachian town of the title’s name. First off let me just say that I will review this book from a biased position as my parents grew up in Big Stone and this book stirs up some of my best childhood memories. The places and activities that occur in this book are real and I so clearly remember nearly every one of them.

If you are in the mood for a pleasant, upbeat and very well written story, this is a great read for you. The characters are well-developed and they quickly become your friends and acquaintances. The story has a lot of humor and down to earth small town quality.  Although it is not a “gripping drama” story, I found myself looking forward to every word. This is a heart-warming and  inspiring story that touches your heart.

This is book-1 of a trilogy. I will most definitely add the next two books to my “To-Read” list.

BOTTOM LINE:

Stars (1-5)   5-Stars

I highly recommend this book

Book Title : The Help

Author : Kathryn Stockett

The Help takes place in the early 1960s, Jackson Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement.  A young white woman, who has just returned from college, comes home to Mississippi. She becomes interested in what the maids, working for white families, have to say about their situations, experiences and lives. She risks everything to persue these women’s stories.

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It grips you to the core and you just can barely put it down. Three of the main characters narrate their chapters in their own distinctive voices. The characters are well developed and there is never a dull moment in this book. The story is beautiful and true to the period.

A movie was made based on The Help (with the same name). I watched it and really loved the movie as well. Of course, as with all movies based on books, some of the detail was left out. But, it was really well done and stayed true to the story line.

BOTTOM LINE:

Stars  – 5-Stars

I highly recommend this book and the movie!!