Number of Pages: 465
Release Date: 2000
“Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.” – Goodreads.com
This book was recommended to me by a friend, who said that it was a great read. Now having read it I can confirm that my friend’s opinion was indeed correct- this book was excellent. The storyline and plot are so unique that I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book like this before. The mystery of Harriet Vanger’s disappearance is so complex and intriguing that I found myself thinking about it all the time, even when I wasn’t reading the book. I was constantly rotating a list of possible suspects in my head, and then mentally crossing names off of the list when I thought that I was on to something. However, I never guessed that the culprit was who it actually turned out to be, so it was a total surprise towards the end!
My two favorite characters in this novel were definitely the two main ones, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist comes across as an ordinary, average guy, and for the most part he is. I think that is what makes him such a likable character- you can easily relate to him because his feelings are those that a lot of people share in real life. Lisbeth, on the other hand, is one very odd duck. There’s always something else to find out about her, and she constantly surprised me as the book progressed. Just when you think that you know her, something else pops up that makes you think twice about her. Strangely, Lisbeth and Blomkvist complement each other in a way that doesn’t always occur in books. They are so totally opposite that they balance each other out perfectly.
While I enjoyed the plot of this novel and the characters very much, I did not like how it was dragged out. Now, don’t get me wrong- I love a good, long book. However, I don’t think that this story necessarily needed to be almost five hundred pages long. Some parts seemed like they lasted forever, while other parts felt rushed, oddly enough. Overall, if I had to complain about one thing it would be the pacing, but other than that this novel was great.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes.