Here's the synopsis:
"Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves."
To be honest, it took me a while to get into it. I haven't watched any of the movies, Swedish or American, but seeing the adverts for the American movie did help motivate me to carry on.
The climax and twists in the book, were completely unexpected, for me anyway. I've read some other people's reviews and they felt that they could have done without some of the twists, as it did get somewhat gruesome.
It also lets you see a side of society that you may not have considered and the characters are well developed. I thought, a few pages in, that this book was going to be more about the political or financial world, but I was happy to see that it was really merely a backdrop to the story.
I'm going to do a new rating system of spools. So I am giving this book, 4 out of 5 spools, as I really did enjoy it.
Now I am onto the 2nd book in the series "The Girl Who Played With Fire". I am also enjoying it, so far :) I do plan to watch the movies, but only after I'm finished all the books.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts??