“When Mikael Blomkvist finds his successful career as a journalist in tatters, he decides to research a 40 year old murder mystery and try to recover his reputation and with it his career. As he begins to delve into the mystery, he meets a tattooed lady Lisbeth and together they start to delve into the disappearances involved in the case, and soon begin to link together corruption and signs of a sordid past.
As Mikael works with Lisbeth, he begins to delve into the enigma that she is. While she seems to be insecure and frail , there’s a strong person with a sense of honor that despite the deep wounds from abuse and her distrust of those who abuse power have seen her grow and emerge as a better person.
Together , with their own idiosyncrasies, they form a unique bond and their skills blend together surprisingly cohesively to make them a force to reckon with, and as they delve deeper into the mysteries their relationship builds deeper and stronger . . .”
As you begin to read this book you are immediately immersed in a dark world; it is vivid and frightening, and very sordid and realistic. The starkness that is portrayed is deeply disturbing and yet somehow compelling as the reality that you feel makes you connect with it far deeper than many other novels.
The story that you become ‘involved’ with is amazingly strong and thought provoking – the compelling relationship that builds helps you learn about the characters and understand their drive and needs. Somehow as you read you really get an intimate look into their souls and can almost feel their palpable fear and anxiety at times.
It’s a daunting read at times, and makes you really think about the human nature and especially the dark side of man – it’s real and horrifying yet it’s hard to put down! It is written with a style that is somehow very satisfying, and even though it can be difficult to read, it conveys the atmosphere of the story very well, perhaps a little too well.
The book is a novel in its own right, but you’ll find yourself wanting more, wanting to find out what happens to these two distinct and almost opposite characters.
The Bottom Line:
* Very good plot
* Great characters
* Well written
* Not suitable for children