It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
It's about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance...and about Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year-old, pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age, who assists Blomkvist with the investigation.
This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism - and an unexpected connection between themselves.
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"Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family's remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller . . . At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple." (Publishers Weekly)
"Combine the chilly Swedish backdrop and moody psychodrama of a Bergman movie with the grisly pyrotechnics of a serial-killer thriller, then add an angry punk heroine and a down-on-his-luck investigative journalist, and you have the ingredients of Stieg Larsson's first novel." (The New York Times)
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed." (Michael Connelly)
It's a compelling story with interesting characters. I figured out at least one part of the mystery very early on, but the characters were so engaging I didn't want to let them go. In fact I was so involved in knowing their story I bought the sequel from the UK. Can't wait until it's out on audiobook int he states.
There is nothing more entertaining than to listen to a book while doing chores. Always have one going.
Wow! I almost pasted this great book by because the title didn't appeal to me. What a mistake that would have been. This is a great book and totally unique.
After you get past the swedish names that all sound the same, you get immersed into this mystery! I didn't want it to end. I would highly recommend this book. Just don't give up on it in the beginning, the story picks up and moves very fast to the end.
Loved the book and the narrator! Did not want it to end! Cannot wait for the next book in the series to be released!
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This was an excellent story with an excellent narrator. I did not want it to end. Also the plot took some unexpected twists that I rather enjoyed. I would definatly recommend this book to anyone.
This is an extremely well written book, with intriguing characters, and interesting themes. It is especially suited to an audiobook experience. Get it unabridged, to make it last.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written with many plot twists. I would have given it a 5 except that I had trouble with the Swedish names all sounding a little alike and running together. When translating the book to English, maybe some of the names should have been changed to more familiar names for English listeners - but maybe that's just my problem.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The story, language and narration were all superb - even more so considering the book was translated from Swedish. The details of the mystery were not obvious, but were revealed through hard work by the protagonist. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was the very last part of the story was a bit disappointing and left me with a bit of sadness for the "Girl".
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