The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Synopsis (from Amazon)

“I want you to find out who in the family murdered Harriet, and who since then has spent almost forty years trying to drive me insane”
The Industrialist:
Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder.
The Journalist:
Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers’ past to uncover the truth behind the unsolved mystery. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:
Lisbeth Salander, the enigmatic, delinquent and dangerous security specialist, assists in the investigation. A genius computer hacker, she tolerates no restrictions placed upon her by individuals, society or the law.

(it’s actually the same as the back of the book, Amazon’s own synopsis had a bit of a spoiler)


Took a while for this to really get going, while I was quite enjoying the build up and all the background information I was also eager for things to start happening and this wasn’t until about halfway through. Plot wise this book was pretty great, once it got going it was a real page turner with plenty of twists which made it hard to predict.

(Highlight for spoiler)For a couple of things I never expected Martin to be a murder, and I didn’t even begin to entertain the idea that Harriet might be alive! I never did suspect Celia was guilty though, even if it had been her in the window

There were a few things I disliked about it though. I found the number of characters quite confusing, especially at the beginning, and especially where some of the names were similar. I also didn’t think the style of writing was that great, I’ve read worse writing, but I’ve certainly read better too. I’m ready to forgive the writing quality though as the book is a translation.
All in all, if you like mysteries for their twists and turns this is a great book, if you’re more in it for excitement there are more exciting mysteries and you may find that you are waiting for things to happen a lot but there are exciting moments- if you can be patient they are worth it!
Oh and another thing there are a few gory descriptions which might put some people off, but I think they were needed and while I don’t really like gore it wasn’t so much that it was unbearable.



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8 responses to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larson

  1. Spoilers:
    One of the first things I thought was that Harriet was still alive. They seemed to push that she had died so much though, that my conviction waivered a bit, but when Mikael found her, I wasn’t at all surprised. I was surprised about Martin too.

    I didn’t find those scene gory so much as graphic. To me, there’s a difference. They’re definitely not for the faint of hear though.

    I’ve mentioned translation on my own blog before. It’s difficult to tell the author’s actual style or potential readability in their native language when something is in translation.


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  3. I tell people to keep reading until Lisbeth Salander is fully on the page. All that stuff at the beginning about Mikael’s going to jail and reporting problems should be sped through. Lisbeth is the reason I found the series so compelling. There is, though, horrible and graphic sexual violence to women in the book.


  4. lucybirdbooks

    I agree Lisabeth is probably the best thing about the book. I still haven’t read the rest in the series though, there is so much that I want to read more.


  5. That’s what everyone has told me, very slow to start but once it gets going it’s a very good read. I’ve had this one sitting on my shelf for awhile. I’ll have to get to it at some point.


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