The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

5 out of 5

Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Series: The Millenium Trilogy
Author: Stieg Larsson (posthumous)
Original Language: Swedish
Translator: Reg Keeland
Pages: 465
Rated R (swearing, mature subject matter)

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has to be one of the best, and most complex crime novels ever written.

The book starts off pretty simple, a reporter is facing a lawsuit from a business man on the matter of libel. It seems pretty normal, and actually kind of boring at the beginning, but good things come to those who wait. The first couple chapters sort of drag on and on and on, and I was tempted to put it down, but I rarely leave books unfinished.

By about the fifth chapter, that boring statement, is completely false. You get drawn deeper and deeper in this web of crime, of murder, of missing people, of a screwed up family that has issues functioning. Once you get to this part it's completely impossible to set down. And of course what good would a book be without an awesome sidekick. Meet Lisbeth Salander.

Lisbeth is introduced in her boss' perspective. From him we learn that she is an awesome researcher, and that she somehow is able to dig up information that no one can.

Lisbeth is one of the characters that I love because she has depth, she has issues just like everyone else, she's not perfect. She's human. Throughout the story we learn that she is insanely smart, crafty and fricking badass; she rides a motorcycle!

Mikael Blomkvist the reporter, is the main "hero" in the story. He's kind of projected as a knight in shining armor character. Trying to do the right thing. Oh and did I mention that he's supposed to be super hot?

The writing in this story is next to flawless. The plot was really well developed, it had you on your feet, constantly throwing things at you, I was so engrossed in the book that I stayed up reading it until 5, in the morning. I seriously have not read a better book in an extremely long time.

I recommend this book for anyone that needs a complex read, with layers upon layers of awesomeness. The book however does contain some mature content (Lisbeth swears, a lot) and some mature content (Lisbeth and sex) but its not described so its palatable. This book is definitely going onto that holy grail of my all time favourites.

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