A Stuga On the Cusp of the Orust Riviera, tucked away next to a hobbit hole in the woods.
** spoiler alert ** 20/09/2009 - Just watched the film and it's not as good as the first, much the same as the first book is better than the second. I wanted her to utter 'sweet' but no, it didn't come. Looking forward to the third.
Right! I have had some sleep after that marathon reading session, and now have some time sipping coffee and weighing up what to say about this long-awaited book that doesn't give anything away to interfere with TGWPWF anticipation for you.
On the minus side - you have to be prepared for moments where you say to yourself "no way"; yes! whole paragraphs, indeed some complete chapters demand a suspension of disbelief.
On the plus side - I could not put it down if I had wanted to as it's a roller-coaster, a veritable chinese monorail ride with all else but the book being blurred to the senses.
So is it a 4* or is it a 5*? Technically it's a four but because of the pure enjoyment it gave to me I leave it as the five that I initially awarded it at 03:05 this morning when I finished. To sum up this excitement ride I will leave you with words from Lisbeth:
"A Harley Davidson - Sweet"
ETA I moved it down to a 4* after watching the film*
First paragraph :
She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. The harness was tight across her rib cage. Her hands were manacled to the sides of the bed.