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)
I am so glad I finally decided to download this book. While other readers found the factual information regarding the setting distracting, I enjoyed learning about a country that I have never had the opportunity to visit. The character development in the book was excellent and even overshadowed the mystery for me. While some aspects of the book were dark, IE descriptions of the crimes, I would still recommend this book without reservations. I can't wait until the next volume is available on Audible.
This book was terrific. I was hooked from the first sentence. Mikael and Lisbeth are very interesting and complex characters. I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, and I couldn't predict what was going to happen next. I can't wait until the other 2 books in the Millenium Trilogy are translated and recorded.
While the book is certainly fascinating, it leaves a few questions unanswered. If you like a book with nothing left to the imagination, this is not your book. If you like to be left hanging at the end about a thing or two, this is for you! I would have given this a 5 star rating, but the ending was so... hmmmm!
Other than that, I agree that the beginning is quite slow, but it is worth the wait!
The characters are fabulous, and the mystery itself will keep you guessing until the very end.
I will definitely recommend the book and read more by the author.
It was a little slow to get started, but once it gets going, it doesn't let up.
Like others, I didn't think I was going to like the narrator. One of his voices definitely resembles a poor Dracula impression! Aside from the giggles I got every time he used that voice, I got to like him better.
I thought some of the sex was a little too graphic for my tastes and I wouldn't want my daughter to read it, but it wasn't enough to lower my rating.
Joe Bob says "check it out".
This is a cracking piece of work, I listened to it through the night. My IPOD is set to cut off at an hour, and by that time I've drifted off. I was so mesmerised by the story and character development that I was interested beyond sleep.
Although a murder mystery, I liked that there was less gore, and more story.
Excellent, third best book of the year for me.
This is one of the most interesting, captivating books I have listened to this year. There are several sub plots and you are unsure "whodunnit". Excellent book !!!
i've listened to 16 books on audible, this is ranked #2 for me, absolutely great one, keeps you on edge entire time and i always wanted to listen to it!
FINALLY a thriller that delivers. Offbeat, intriguing characters, multiple plotlines surrounding a compelling central mystery, extremely well paced. Hope Audible offers more from this talented author. Highly recommend!
I've read other reviews where people mention an audio book making them late for work, an appointment, etc... Well this is the first one that did that for me. I don't think i've listened to a book of this length so quickly before. I think it took me about an hour or so to get absorbed in it, but i was hooked from then on. Good characters, good mystery. Definitely a fun book. Narration was good, and voice changes helpful in recognizing who was speaking. I'll look for more from the author.
I was enthralled with this book. The characters are magnificently well developed and the plot turns and twists enough to keep you in suspense without being totally unreal.
There is just enough violence, sex and romance to make it realistic and not so much that those become the basis of the book.
The narrator was good, not great. But, he did a passable job with great material.
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