Review by Reference Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald.
I’m so glad I finally picked this up to read. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year, a dark mystery with intelligent and unusual characters, a sophisticated plot line, a seriously dysfunctional family, and a complicated financial tangle. The book was originally titled Men Who Hate Women, and misogyny, in forms both subtle and physically brutal, is a major theme of the book. The opening is perhaps a bit slow, but bear with the set up that takes reporter Mikael Blomkvist from a conviction for libel to the village home of the wealthy Vanger family, hired to discover what happened to a daughter who disappeared 40 years earlier. Through various twists, he comes to be assisted in his search by the bizarre Lisbeth Salander—the girl with the dragon tattoo. The main character of the book is ostensibly Mikael Blomkvist, but it is Lisbeth who completely captures the imagination, at once compelling, twisted, powerless and powerful. She will stick in your mind long after you finish the book, and drive you, as she has done me, to eagerly picking up the sequel, The Girl Who Plays with Fire.