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A Needle Sharp Thriller,
This review is from: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) (Paperback)In my view, this book justifies the hype that surrounds it. What really stands out for me is Larsson's unputdownable writing style using a series of short scenes. This injects a real pace and energy to the book. The reader is always left wanting more, and this tended to result in me staying awake late into the night, repeatedly deciding to read just one more page. Several times my wife wondered where I had disappeared to during the day as I sneaked off for a quick fix of Salander and Blomqvist.
The story itself is a complex thriller which sees twists and turns as the story progresses. There are lots of characters with complex relationships, which, at times, left me wishing that I had mapped them as the story progressed (as Blomqvist would have done if he were reading the book). One of the toughest aspects of the book is the abuse and violence around which the book revolves. However, the author makes the most of this to make the story very tense and to keep the characters in danger for much of the story.
I know that this book isn't everyone's cup of tea, but to me, this is one of the best books that I have ever read. It would certainly be on the short-list for the book that I would choose to take with me if I was to be stranded on a desert island.