Length: 590 pages
Setting: Sweden in the 2000s
Interest: It was a big best-seller and the bits I’d heard about it made it sound interesting and worth checking out.
Summary: Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist who just lost a libel suit. He’s prepared to take some time off, but is hired to do a history of the wealthy Vanger family, and, in the background, look into the 40-year old disappearance of Harriet Vanger. Amazingly, with the help of Lisbeth Salandar, he discovers Harriet is alive in Australia, but he also uncovers some pretty nasty secrets in the Vanger family. Once the mystery is solved, Salandar and Blomkvist work together to frame the company that sued Blomkvist for libel.
Final thoughts: I thought the book was OK, but it certainly didn’t live up to the hype. It almost felt like two stories – the Vanger mystery and the Wennerstrom corruption tacked at the end. I liked the end story best, but the whole book left me pretty blah. Makes me wonder what other people see in the book that I missed. Definitely not worth seeking out the rest of the series or the movie.
Title comes from: It describes Lisbeth Salandar, one of the main characters from the second half of the book.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year
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