Author: Stieg Larsson
Read copy: Paperback
Published: June 29, 2010
An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel. Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden's wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
A rather slow beginning that ended up in a mad dash toward the end. I think it took a tad (half of the book!) too long for the whole setup (characters, relationships, back-story).
I loved the suspense, the action, and the mystery, while it were the characters that just didn't work for me somehow. I don't know exactly why, it simply didn't click. The relationship between Mikael and Erika, for starters (issues!), the relationship between Mikael and Lisbeth (issues!), Lisbeth herself (issues!), Mikael himself (issues!). I felt like all those character-based issues intruded on the whole story.
I'm still going to read the rest of the trilogy (and maybe see the original movies). Maybe the connection will be better in the next two books.