I have just finished reading the first book in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It is smartly written, and the plot drives forward (for me at least) at an alarming rate. My wife says she has never seen me so involved in a story. She bought me the first book in this set 8 days ago when we were at Sam’s, and I have probably read the entire thing in 12-13 hours over 5 days of actual reading time. The elements of the crime are cleverly placed, and the timing of the revealed elements fall together and surprise and blow you away. I will be giving myself a couple of days before I start reading the second novel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, this will also allow me the time for my brain to thoroughly process all that has happened over the 590-page first installment.
I can honestly say that this novel has its gritty places, its places where you think “Someone’s bound to come and try to kill (Mikael) him.” However, that was the only part that I felt was under-developed, was the lack of a sense of Predator/Prey between the protagonist and the one who turns out to be the eventual shithead…
In addition to the detective work done using very old photographs, I liked the change I saw in Cecilia’s character, and the revelation provided from them. I like the growth (emotionally) that I see from Lisbeth Salander’s character by the end of the first novel. The reveal at the point of Denouement will make you holler at the book and shout with incredulity.
All the best.