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I had heard a lot of hype about this series that is translated to English from Swedish. I also saw the film of the first book so decided to read all three books. This contains a few spoilers!
The story follows a set of characters Blomkvist, Salander, Berger, and a whole host of detectives, murderers, hit men, gansters and police. Its set in Sweden and has lots of references to the history of the country.
In the first book Blomkvist is sent to investigate a suspected murder but is using his journalist failings at his paper to pretend he is writing an autobiography for a family that has been rocked by the disappearance of a young girl around forty years ago. This was a slow starter and there was a lot of explaining and figures in the first bit of the book. But once I got past that I could not put it down. I knew what happened because I saw the film but the book was in a lot more detail and the story has some excellent twists and turns.
In the second book Lisbeth Salander takes more of a lead role and we follow her progress and her adventures since the first book. We also learn more about her as a person, her past and how she starts to change in her mannerisms and thoughts about other people. She meets some nasty people and things go a bit wrong for her! This book was pretty scary and it keeps the suspense almost all the way through which is very good seeing as its got a lot of pages. I enjoyed learning more about how Lisbeth grew up and the issues that have made her how she is. It leaves you with a cliffhanger to see what happens!
In the third book it spends a lot of time with Blomkvist working with various inspectors and friends of Lisbeth to help her write the truth about her history and back it up with evidence. Unfortunately there are a lot of people at the Secret Special Police who are trying to thwart their efforts. It ends with a court case and some good acting!
I really enjoyed reading these books, although they are very violent did give me a little bit of a fright when reading late, which often happened as I couldnt put them down. I thought the second and third book were better as they were more character focused rather than just being a mystery story like the first.
This is a bargin for all 3 books from amazon as on their own they cost around £7.99.