Fair warning: Sleep, appetite, relationships, and jobs are at stake if you pick up this one.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, despite being a 500-pager, would perhaps be one of the fastest you will finish. The mystery is delicious and little tentacles of suspense grip you page after page.
The plot is about Harriet Vanger who goes missing after her sixteenth birthday. There is no evidence that she is dead or alive. But her aging uncle, Henrik Vanger can’t rest in peace because every year he receives a gift on his birthday. And the gift is exactly like the one that his niece gave him just before she vanished. Someone is playing a hideous game of hide and seek and Henrik Vanger hires Mikael Blomkvist to unravel it.
The narrative, despite being a translation from Swedish, is excellent. Lisbeth Salander is a fantastic character and has a profound presence in the plot. Nevertheless, to base the title of the book and cover illustration on her is surprising. And she doesn’t even sport a dragon tattoo! Duh?!
TGWTDT is another name for your new addiction, aka the Millennium series. Steig Larsson has created a masterpiece.