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Originally published: Stockholm : Norstedt, 2005.
The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.
Like many people, I read this book purely because of the hype. And it was totally worth it! This book more than lived up to its reputation. It's smart, suspenseful and action-packed. The pacing is excellent and the mystery unfolds gradually - along with the character development - sucking the reader into the story more and more. It's very well done.
I went on to read the rest of the Millenium trilogy, but didn't feel those books were as well-crafted as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I enjoyed this book, and definitely got sucked in and had a hard time putting it down. But, the story didn't turn out as interesting as I thought it might be, and I had a hard time with some of the relationships between characters. I recommend it if you like suspenseful stories and don't mind violence.
Protagonist and victims are women, and they all suffer some form of physical/emotional abuse in the hands of men. No wonder Hollywood wants to create its own version; It's an opportunity to insert the shocking and graphic scenes kept out of the Swedish film. The author's intent seems to be to upset and offend the reader into taking up the cause of violence against women, and is quite effective. I had nightmares for some nights after reading this book. The book is a page-turner that's hard to put down, and hard to shake off from your psyche after reading it.
The reason it probably became so popular is the fact that the main character is female, implied autistic, intelligent, and highly sexualized. I was actually very excited to read it because of that, but unfortunately I feel that her character was written very poorly. Plus the author didn't seem to know much about technology, which was sad because she's supposed to be a techie. I would make a better "female hacker" than her, sorry.
I was hooked after I read this and had to immediately buy the other two because I couldn't wait to get them from the library. The first one is definitely my favorite of the trilogy. There was more of a mystery and it was just so new. The whole trilogy is great, but there's nothing like the first book!
But perfect for adults and older teens! I really enjoyed the book even though it was very graphic and contained adult elements. This book definitely is not for kids but will pique the minds of older readers who have to sift through the clues and get smacked in the face by some unforeseen situations ;) I've always liked mystery novels and especially the ones that take ridiculous amounts of thinking. I love the entire series and I recommend this for anybody old enough to read it.
Wasn't sure I would be into this book before I read it - I don't typically read mystery-like stories - but it became such a worldwide phenomenon that I decided to give it a chance. I had checked it out sometime last year, fully intending to read it, but put it off. When I heard about the film coming out recently, I knew I really had to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. Dark family secrets and intrigue, a setting in Sweden, and a strong female character who I really liked. There's a couple things about the story I would change - but overall I really had fun reading this one. It's a tough one to put down! Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.