This book is not an easy read. The plot with Harriet's disappearance was good. That's the only reason I stuck with the book. The subplot of the magazine and finicial corruption case was horrid-maybe a strong word- umm boring. The difficulty lies in the dryness of the first 100-150 pages and last 90 pages. The other problem is the language/translation issues from Swedish to English.
Some caution: there are parts of this novel that are X rated- very X- rated.
My recommendation: see the movie instead of spending time on the book. If you like to read things like financial corruption, missing people, serial killers, mystery, and unsolved cases, try it. If you can't get into it, see the movie.
Will I try the second in the series? Yes, but if I don't like it after 50 pages, it's going in the garage sale/giveaway pile. I don't like to spend time reading something I don't enjoy. 50 pages usually does it for me- I can tell if I'll like it or not. If I'm not liking a book in 50 pages, I stop reading it. I don't like to feel like I've wasted time reading something I'm not going to like when I could read something else that I will.
Will I see the movie? I no longer have an interest, so, no.
Since reading this, I've started 2 books: The Forgotten Garden (book club pick I started this morning) and Instinctive Parenting. I'll be reviewing Instinctive Parenting soon!