Everyone who had read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before me warned me the first 50 or 75 pages were really slow, but just stick with it. It gets better.
Often, I find this is really not a good selling point when you’re saying “you need to read this book, it’s so good”.
But seriously, if you haven’t read it, you really do need to read this book. It is that good. And yes, the first bit is slow. Keep going, don’t let yourself quit, it does get so much better.
The first time I tried to read it, I couldn’t get past that first 50-75 page barrier. There’s a lot of detail and information to process and I was just not in that mental state. The second time, I told myself to push through and keep going, it gets better.
Ultimately, the book is a bit of a murder mystery that takes place in Sweden. Forty years ago, a young girl by the name of Harriet Vanger goes missing. Harriet is part of a very wealthy family and her uncle, Henrik Vanger, believes she was murdered. The case went unsolved, but Henrik hires journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate the case and find out what truly happened to his beloved niece, under the guise of writing the Vanger family history.
Along the way, Blomkvist partners up with Lisbeth Salander, a young private investigator. Henrik had actually hired Salander to research Blomkvist before hiring him, and the pair meet up part way through the story. The two overturn twists and turns to the Vanger story, and ultimately Harriet’s disappearance, that they never would have imagined. Their own lives become endangered as they dig closer to the truth behind the 40 year old mystery.
The book is filled with love, mystery, intrigue, danger, and a lot of unexpected twists and turns. At the risk of giving away too much, I’m ending my review at that. I definitely never saw a lot of the events of the last 200 or so pages coming! All I can say is listen to all the hype around this book and go read it! Don’t give up in the beginning pages. By the end, I was staying up until 1 in the morning to find out what happens next.
I’m anxious to read the next two books in the trilogy. Unfortunately, the author, Stieg Larsson, died just after turning in the manuscripts for the three books. Apparently, the series was intended to have a total of ten books.