Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired by Henrik Vanger to investigate the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece, Harriet. Henrik suspects that someone in his family, the powerful Vanger clan, murdered Harriet over 40 years ago.

Starting his investigation, Mikael realises that Harriet’s disappearance is not a single event, but rather linked to a series of gruesome murders in the past. He now crosses paths with Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker, an asocial punk and most importantly, a young woman driven by her vindictiveness. Together they form an unlikely couple as they dive deeper into the violent past of the secretive Vanger family.

Another Book Club joins us here at Dapto Library, meeting on the third Monday of each month. We would like to officially welcome Jean, Sandra, Melinda and Vanessa to our family of book lovers and look forward to their contributions. I know we will all enjoy hearing their views and opinions  on a wide variety of  books each month.  And they haven’t started off by being shy! This month they tackled the rather hefty The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

This is not a quick read by any means with a number of characters to sort through, but they found the author’s style was easy to read, and all though there were plenty of questions left unanswered, they are hoping all will be revealed in the subsequent books, The Girl who Played with Fire, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

They found the characters intriguing, especially Lisbeth Salander, and some diverse themes running through the story including abuse, and those forever popular bed-fellows … wealth and power. What else do you need for a great story!

Some found the first quarter or so of the book a little slow to get going, but they suggest readers persevere because the story and pace improves rapidly. Internationally, this book has been given the thumbs up and has already generated a movie, so if you lean towards popular fiction, you could do worse than try this one.