I have heard so many good things about this book. Some said it took them until half way through the book to really get into it, others were hooked right away. I am one of the ones hooked right away. This book has been on my book shelf for about 2 years now, recommended by a good friend in Australia. Since getting my Kindle I have been on the prowl for cheap book, this one going for $5 felt like it finally talking to me to be read.
I love reading on the Kindle and this book was a pleasure to read.
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 by muckraking Swedish journalist Larsson. At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden's dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson skillfully bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman.
I spent much of my time trying to figure out the ending, having read enough mysteries in my time that for some books it isn't hard to figure out. With this book I couldn't figure it out. I loved how everything fit together at the end. The book takes place in Sweden, so I found some of the names of places and political information confusing (since I am not familiar with them).