by Stieg Larsson
**Adult** Contemporary Mystery
Published: September 16th 2008
Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch-and there's always a catch-is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
This is the second time I have read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and hopefully the last. I dreaded reading it again, and was wondering why on earth I had given it 3 stars the first time.
The writing is way over done. The author goes into too many descriptions that he doesn't need to. I don't need to know that her office is 10x6 and every little thing that is in it. Too much info just made the book boring. The story does pick up around the middle and the descriptions do get a little less.
The locked room mystery is really interesting to try and solve and that is the only reason why this book got 2 stars in the end. The reasoning behind the mystery is horrifying and all the sexual abuse in the book is awful. I really don't want to read about that when I pick up a book.
Honestly, not a book I would recommend to anyone. I don't know why it is a best seller, but maybe it is the shock value that makes it popular. The is definitely not a book for younger audiences.