The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Cover imageJudging by the sales figures I must be the last book reader in the country to tackle this book. I really wish I hadn’t bothered. I kept struggling through it, driven on by the thought that it must suddenly get better – but it didn’t. A long, tedious churning through of a family history (difficult for a reader to distinguish between so many characters sharing a surname); a totally unconvincing central character and an absurd plot – which of those features made this book such a commercial success? I also suspect that it lost something in translation as phrases appeared that seemed totally inappropriate. The marketing department did a good job with this one.

I bought it for Kindle from Amazon when it was on special offer. It is available in print format from bookshops everywhere. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium series Book 1)