Rating: 4/5 stars.
In an uncommon form of writing, Larsson has captivated me with the first book in his trilogy. There is a quality to his writing I cannot exactly place, but it is backed up by a unique storyline.
One character that fascinated me was Lisbeth Salander. Other characters often described her as a creature, or having an animalistic, unusual appearance. It was not just her physical presence that intrigued me, but her mental capabilities. She possessed a surly strength and complete disregard to society’s traditions and rules. I want to read the next two books in the series so that I can see how Salander deals with her current predicament and how she will change as a person, for better or worse.
None of the other characters stood out to me, but I am curious to see where Blomkvist, Berger, and maybe even the Vanger family end up in the next couple books. I was hesitant to start this series because the hype surrounding it reminded me of Dan Brown novels, which I do not find phenomenal. However, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has left me waiting for more, and I am eagerly anticipating The Girl Who Played with Fire.
I would NOT recommend this book to anyone under the age of 16, because there are A LOT of graphic and disturbing parts. I read this book while being under the age of 16, but I want to throw a warning out there because it may not be appropriate for younger readers.