This was one of those books that I didn’t want to read, mainly because it was billed as a must read and had rave reviews. So I resisted, however I did watch the movies and enjoyed them. The other day I was on the library website browsing through the e-books and saw The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson so I requested it, figuring if I didn’t like the first book I wouldn’t finish it or start any of the others. I ended up liking it.
The book starts out slow, with Mikael Blomkvist being found guilty and his professional life crumbling around him. Next we find out Blomkvist is being investigated, the one doing the investigation is Lisbeth Salander (she has the dragon tattoo).
Blomkvist is asked to solve a 40 year old murder and offered a way to salvage his career if he accepts, he ends up using Salander to help him. The ending, while not a surprise to me (it was very similar to the movie) was indeed a twist.
This book is more than a murder mystery. It is also a story about dysfunctional families, and how powerful people can manipulate events and people and that things are very often not what they seem. I enjoyed this book but it has sections that may disturb some people.