I finally got around to reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It's been sitting on my shelf for a while, but I was waiting until I had a copy of the other two books in the trilogy before I started, thinking that it might end on a cliff hanger. It really didn't, but I am still anxious to read to the next book.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I read this book. I had heard so many rave reviews, and it's been on the bestseller lists for soooo long. I think I had pretty high expectations, and I really wasn't disappointed.
Brief summary: This crime thriller follows Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist currently out of work because of an unfair libel conviction. Mikael is hired to solve the mystery of Harriet Vanger, who disappeared 40 years ago. Mikael has some help from a strange private investigator, Lisbeth Salander.
I hadn't really read anything like this before, but I enjoyed it. It took me a couple of chapters to get interested, but once the mystery of Harriet Vanger was introduced I was intrigued. That plot line kept me turning the pages, but I also enjoyed the originality and depth of the characters. I don't think I really liked Mikael and Lisbeth's relationship though, it was just a little odd. I'll have to see where it goes it the next couple of books.
So to summarize: I wasn't blown away or anything, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this novel. Check back soon for my review on the next book in the series, The Girl Who Played With Fire.