The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire, The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest By Steig Larsson

I think what I have to do here is to write about the trilogy. You can read the first and not the rest but I believe that they work together the best. Overall there are several stories throughout all of the books but the main theme is about the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is described as an anti-hero which is a pretty apt description. She is brilliant, prickly and downright antisocial but you love her anyway. I was asked the other day if I thought that kids could read these. I told the mom to read them herself first. There are some pretty disturbing scenes in all of the books and there is some language but it is the way he writes that conjures up amazing images and not all good ones either.

The first book covers a brilliant story where we meet many of the characters who will continue through the series. Blomkvist is a journalist who follows a story doggedly. He is asked to look into a disappearance that happened many years previously and to devote his entire life to the task. The payoff is too good to refuse and thus he is thrown into a world of privilege, lies, abuse and family sagas. He enlists the help of someone at a security firm who excels in research especially through the internet and this is where we meet Lisbeth, aka the girl with the dragon tattoo. To say a whole lot more would take away from the content of the story so go ahead and read them yourselves.

I know they have been raved about for months now and I finally got around to reading them but primarily because a friend recommended them highly. There is somewhat of a mystery in each book but mainly huge amounts of suspense and intrigue. Our main characters are very likable and the villains are just that, villainous. I actually can’t wait to see the movies now to see how they have been interpreted. The first two books have been shot in Swedish and the first is being redone in English/American with Daniel Craig as our hero.

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