Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Mystery | Thriller | Suspense

(Millennium #1)

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age–and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it–who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism–and an unexpected connection between themselves.


The dark allure of Lisbeth Salander’s character is too addicting to ignore because truth be told, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rocked my world! Goodness, it’s been awhile since I was enamored with a mystery/thriller book. And now, the big question is: was this book all worth the hype? A big YES!

Mikael Blomkvist is a respectable financial journalist who fell into a nightmare when sued for libel and got convicted for it. As he retreats to regroup his life and career, industrialist Henrik Vanger hires him to investigate the case of his missing niece, Harriet, forty years ago. Lisbeth Salander is a private investigator with major issues and loads of (un)emotional baggage. She was hired to investigate Blomkvist’s background and with Vanger as their common link, meeting her subject is inevitable. Eventually, she helps Blomkvist unearth the mystery behind Harriet’s disappearance. Little did she know that stepping into Hedestad is a nightmare she doesn’t need in her already messed-up life.

Blomkvist’s character is very solid: he’s a smart guy and a strategist. Although I do not approve of his casual friendship with Erik Berger (it really bothered me), he’s a pretty decent male lead. Salander is so different from all the heroines I’ve encountered but boy, did she take the cake! Plus the icing! She’s brilliant, cunning, and downright cruel (well, if you asked me, those brutes deserved what they got from her). The complexity of her character is so amazing that I can’t help but scream, “that’s my girl!”. She had a rough life, having it still, but it mattered little when she’s working, snooping about other people’s business. Salander made my heart ache in the end.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an astounding read. From the calculated indifference of a seasoned killer to the precise debauchery of a brilliant girl, this book will rob you of any sanity you might have. Family legacy has never been this inescapable.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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