I began this book right after I got it for Christmas from my favorite guy, Sean. I asked for it at the last minute (like two days before Christmas) and he came through, as usual. I was really interested in reading it because of the movie that came out (that I still haven’t seen) in early December.
The booked lived up to the hype I expected from others’ opinions and the movie trailer. The characters were interesting. The setting, Sweden, was familiar enough to seem realistic and far enough away to be a little foreign. The story follows defamed journalist Mikael Blomkvist and ward of the state 23-year -old investigator Lisbeth Salander. Their stories barely brush against each other’s at the beginning, but by the middle of the novel, they are both working on a project–solving a decades-old murder mystery–together!
The mystery is tangled in a web of corporate greed, family turmoil, and weird murder mystery.
As is typical with me, the ending was not to my satisfaction. It felt like the author didn’t know what to do at the end, like he’d built up these situations and relationships but didn’t know how to sort them out, so… the end. I have The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest so, I know there is more to come for these characters, but the ending just felt like a cop-out!
I suggest you all read it, though. There are parts at the end that will have you thinking, “Huh?”