I don't suppose there is much that I can say about this book that hasn't already been said before. The main reason I actually read this book was my man who is into his films persuaded me to watch the film because it was in his words, "amazing," come half way I fell asleep and to be honest failed to see what the big deal with it was. I had to admit I didn't honestly know what was going on with it. That also triggered my curiosity further as there must be something that makes it special.
I purchased the book and I did struggle with it up to chapter 12. I very nearly gave up on it and I very rarely do that. I just couldn't connect with the characters, I failed to see the links and the story just didn't really seem to be going anywhere. All of a sudden I turned the page and the whole magic came into play. It was like entering another world and from that moment I was gripped.
The characters really came into their own and their relationships moved up another level. Lisbeth Salander is a remarkable creation and I have to say I love her. She doesn't give a monkeys what anyone thinks of her and she takes no prisoners. I'm intrigued to find out more about her. I want to know more of her background and how she came to be the person she is today. I'm fairly sure the subsequent books will reveal this and I can't wait.
I'm also looking forward to seeing how her relationship with Blomkvist develops. There is obviously a lot of chemistry between them and she has managed to get under his skin.
All in all despite the tough start (which I now appreciate gives a fuller understanding of the upcoming story lines and is needed) I really loved this book and was well and truly hooked. The twists and turns leave you breathless and desperate for more. Yep, now I realise why this book is a international bestseller. It's awesome.