Charged with libel, Journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, faces a bleak future. A prison sentence looms and career-wise the magazine which he is devoted to seems doomed to failure. That’s when Mikael is propositioned by industrialist, Henrik Vagner, who offers important information which could save Mikael’s career and his publication in exchange for solving the mystery of the disappearance, or possible murder, of a member of his family. Intrigued and charmed by Henrik, and with few options left, Mikael takes up the challenge and delves into the history of the dysfunctional, but powerful, Vagner family in an attempt to solve the mystery.
Speaking of dysfunctional, the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander is a security specialist who lives on the outskirts of real life. She faces her own challenges, before being drafted in to assist Mikael’s search for the truth. What will they uncover..?
Yes, yes, I’m behind the times on my reading as well as my films. But as I’m working my way through my sagging bookshelf I came across this thriller and well… at first I found it hard going. Having read so many books which are set in America, it took me a while to get used to a book set in Sweden. The book is part thriller, part industrial espionage and a whole lot of detective work. At first it’s difficult to see how the stories of the main characters are going to tie together. But, hey, that creates intrigue and that’s one thing which this book oozes with. Mikael’s detective work leads him down several dead-ends before he begins to stumble upon the truth. And, when he does uncover, the truth? Well, let’s just say it ain’t pretty. From a slow start, this book soon builds into a page-turner, as you, as the reader, are as keen as Mikael to uncover the truth, with twists and turns along the way.
I loved the characters. Lisbeth Salander, the outsider who is kooky to the point of being anti-social. Mikael, the all-powerful and charming Journalist who comes unstuck. Henrik, the industrialist, who doesn’t know who he can and can’t trust within his family. And then there are lots of other characters who crop up in the book who are equally as interesting and complex.
I really wasn’t sure about this book when I first started it. But in the end I really enjoyed it. That said, I’m not in a rush to read any more of the Millennium Trilogy just yet. But who knows in a few months I will probably be wondering what Lisbeth Salander is up to these days…
Just one question… is it worth watching the film? It has Daniel Craig in it you say..? Sold!
Fabulous rating: 3/5