Finished reading this superb thriller today. After the first couple of chapters, this novel grabbed me and didn't let go until the last page! I thought the titular Lisbeth Salander was an unforgettable character - a computer hacker par excellent who makes a living by doing deep background investigations of sometimes very unsavory characters. She is a young almost anorexic looking outcast with body piercings and tattoos, a photographic memory, and possibly afflicted with Asperger Syndrome, who has been abused and is under legal guardianship of the State. She teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to solve a years old mystery about the disappearance of a young girl in the 1960s from the industrial Vanger family in Sweden. Along the way, a very perverse mystery is solved involving a serial killer. I don't want to give away too much, but this story really keeps up the intensity. I'm really looking forward to the other books in the Millennium series. I also found out that this novel has been made into a movie in Sweden. It was showing recently at an American Film Institute series of foreign films here in the Washingon, DC area. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the limited screenings. Hope to see it when it goes into general release here in the U.S. or when it is released on DVD. I understand the entire Millennium series will also be filmed.
I picked this book up because it looked more interesting than the more popular books with 2-page chapters and those same old lurid serial killer novels. Even though it took 100 pages to really get into this intricate plot, I was not disappointed. Beautifully written, with great characters you are still thinking about long after you finish the book. Excellent mystery, well-done. What a joy to find a marvelous novel like this. Unfortunately Larsson died with only two other manuscripts. One of the better books I have read this year. If you like serious writing, you will enjoy savoring all 644 pages of this wonderful book.
This book was a great mystery. I really liked the main characters..I found the language and some of the sexual references a bit offensive.
I had a friend recommend this series. This friend had recommended other books and it seemed we had the same tastes so I figured I'd give this one a try as well. About 1/3 of the way into the book I started to wonder what I got myself into. The book seemed to drag, I was confused on who was who and it didn't seem to be going anywhere (at least not anywhere interesting). I started to wonder if I should just give up. It had taken me forever to get to this point and I really didn't want to waste time on a book I wouldn't enjoy. I decided to check out reviews on what other people thought of it. It seemed that half of them really disliked it and the other half loved it. I decided I'd go half way and if I didn't like it, I would put it down. All of the sudden things started picking up. I really got interested in it and I couldn't wait to see where it was going. I ended up enjoying this book and glad I stuck with it.
There are actually a lot of things going on in the book. They tend to tie in together nicely. On one hand you have Blomkvist who is in trouble for fraudulent journalism. On the other hand you have Salander, a misunderstood outcast who is just trying to get by on her own (and would do very well if she was just left alone). Blomkvist's trouble with the law has caused problems with the magazine he partially owns. When he is offered another job, he takes it in hopes that his absence from the magazine will help. He is hired by a elderly wealthy man by the name of Vanger. Vanger wants him to do research on the death of his niece, Harriet, 30 years ago. Even though Blomkvist doesn't think he'll find anything, he takes the job. Salander gets a job digging up all the info she can find on Blomkvist. Neither one really know each other but sooner or later they will.
I got so caught up in the unearthing of the death of Harriet that I totally forgot about all the other loose ends that were still hanging out there until that part ended and the book kept going. Glad I stuck with this book and look forward to reading the 2nd in the series.
I would not suggest this book to anyone. But then, I only got into about the first 50 pages and put it down. Only gave it 1 1/2 stars. Probably should have given it less.