The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over forty years ago.

Starting his investigation, Mikael realizes that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness.

Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family.

Saying I wasn’t interested in the Millenium trilogy when it came out would be a bit unfair.  I didn’t know anything about it.  Somehow it went over my head.  Suddenly people were reading it everywhere I looked – well everywhere on the tube.  Still I didn’t look into it.  Then someone told me I HAD to read them, they were brilliant.  Well, with a recommendation like that I had to get them.  I am so glad I did.

It took me a while to get into the novel, but I think that may have been because I was very tired when I stared reading it, but once I got into it I was hooked.  There are three stories that interlink through the novel and keep you interested.  I think there’s still a couple of questions that would make sure I read the next one, even if I wasn’t hooked on Salander and Blomqvisk anyway.

I did find it a little hard to keep up with all the names, so did spend some time flicking back and forward to double-check who someone was.  I’d say that was because they are Swedish names so not easily recognisable to me.  Or pronounceable.

The thing that amazes me the most is how clever Larsson was.  The tiniest little clue led to something else which led to something else.  I would love to see the prep for the Harriet murder case.  I wish I could write like him.

I highly recommend this novel, if I was giving star ratings this would be about 9.  It’s just so good.  One warning though, it’s graphic.  And not in a nice way.  There were moments when I wanted to stop reading because it was too much – I think that shows what a great author Larsson was.

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