Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.
He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.
But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
Stieg Larsson’s phenomenal trilogy is continued in The Girl in the Spider’s Web and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
Review: I usually read the book before seeing the movie, but in this case I did it the other way around… Something I shall probably never do again.
As usual the book proved far better with detail in his Blomkvist came across his story on Wennerstrom which got him into a serious libel suit. There is also the development of a relationship between Blomkvist and Cecillia Vanger, as well as several other things which I will not go into and spoil the read.
As far as the writing goes, I could not fault it… It’s perfectly written. The characters are all very well developed to a degree the far surpasses those in the movie… Lisbeth Salander is amazing… Well worth the read.
I would have liked it far better had seeing the movies first not interfered with my imagination. Hence the reason I shall probably never read a book if I’ve already seen the movie. Lesson learnt.