Surprisingly, I hadn't heard all that much about this book before picking up a copy. I had seen it around but didn't really realize there was such hype surrounding it. I bought it when I saw it on sale through Amazon and read the blurb. It sounded interesting, it had good reviews and it was a good price.
I started reading it over the holidays, intrigued by the first chapter but then lost interest when it got very detailed with financial/business dealings. It was a little too cerebral for holiday reading so I switched to something else. I didn't pick it up again until this past weekend. Once I got passed the slow part mentioned above I was hooked. The 500+ book didn't seem all that long.
Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist who has just been convicted of libel, is approached by Henrik Vanger to research the mysterious disappearance of his niece 40 years ago. The mystery drags you into the interesting and sometimes disturbing lives of the Vanger family and everyone who lives on the island of Hedeby. Lisbeth Salander, a very intriguing and mysterious researcher for a security firm helps Mikael in his investigation of what happened to Harriet Vanger.
Family drama, an unsolved "locked door mystery", corporate intrigue, and wonderfully complex characters. This book had everything I love in a good mystery thriller. I can't wait to read the next two books in the Millennium Trilogy.