I read about the Millennium Trilogy, probably while trawling through book lists on Goodreads and hunting for more fiction fantasy books to get my hands on. The title of this series got me thinking it was probably sci-fi, something I don’t normally go in for. But what got me to dig further was the title of the first book of the series – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
The words dragon and tattoo, especially together was more than enough for me to want to pick it up. And I am not sorry. After a long time, I’ve come across a book that made me go from start to finish almost without stopping, and thanks to Steig Larsson for that.
The modern day thriller is a fast-paced mystery – many mysteries in fact. It gave me a small peek into a country that I actually haven’t read much about at all – Sweden. That was definitely an added attraction. And a disadvantage too, because it makes keeping track of names of people and places a tad difficult.
Peppered with memorable and very real characters, this is one of those stories that’ll have you empathising with almost all of them. A journalist with journalistic integrity intact, an eccentric computer hacker, a business mogul in the decline of life and many other colourful characters… You get to follow the story of a rich business family back many generations. The story also takes you across continents. And of course the most interesting character of all – Lisbeth Salander – ace security specialist, punk, misunderstood and labeled dangerous by the authorities.
Mystery, slander, court drama, sex and murder! Fast-paced, and fresh, it kept my interest all the way to the end.
With some very minimal digging I also found out that the original Swedish Title translates to “Men Who Hate Women”! To me, this title seems to have nothing to do with the central themes of the story so far. Maybe that will get revealed in the sequels?
Waiting to get my hands on Part 2 – The Girl Who Played with Fire