The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Book Review]

2429135TITLE: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BY: Stieg Larsson

SERIES: Millennium #1

GENRE: Murder Mystery, Thriller, Crime

PUBLICATION: September 16th 2008 by Knopf (first published August 2005)



I want to buy a year of your life. Give you a job. The salary is better than any offer you’ll ever get in your life. 

For financial journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, that is indeed the best offer he’ll ever get in his life. Besides after being convicted for libel, job wouldn’t be easy for him in a while. And 82-year old Henrik Vanger, who offered him a job, also offered him something that ccan help Mikael clear his name and his magazine, Millenium. But for Mikael the job is  impossible. It is to solve the disappearance of Henrik’s niece, Harriet that happened almost 40 years ago. During Mikael’s investigation, his path crossed with Lisbeth Salander, a 24-year old tatooed punk prodigy who happened to have a more complicated life as well. This is a murder mystery, mixed with a family saga, love and financial intrigue.

This book has the most intriguing Prologue I’ve ever read. As early as prologue, I know I’ll give this one a very high rating. I was hooked into the story right away. The complexity of the plot was just astounding, I can’t get enough of it. Reading this kept me awake last night and I didn’t even mind it’s too long. I love every minute I spent with this book. It’s well-written, well-plotted. Very compelling. The mystery is superb, I can’t freakin’ stop myself for solving it myself and I did before 75% mark. I enjoyed the corrupt family of Vangers; their secrets, their evilness, their drama. Even the plot about Sweden industrialism, a big part of this story too, intrigued me so much.

And please be warned, this book is dark. So raw and made me flinch few times. Trigger points such as abuse, rape, death, torture, cheating, incest and really, I can’t list everything.

Moving on, I enjoyed the drama surrounding the characters, especially the main characters. And I just love how they were introduced one by one, and thoroughly. The writer really took his time introducing them. In some books, you’d call it info dumping, here, it isn’t at all that. These characters seemed to breathe in every page. They’re so real, you have no choice but to want to know what’s their next move or what’s gonna be their ending. That’s why even though at times no action is going on and there’s a lot of drama, I didn’t mind. Because I love them. Ah my emotions.

They’re also really badass. Especially, Lisbeth Salander. She’s officially the most badass heroine I know. She’s a researcher, a hacker, she has photographic memory. Well, you get it. She’s the definition of badass. Mikael Blomkvist, on the other hand, is so human. And I like it about him. Met with Lisbeth, they’re great partners. Though I must tell you they didn’t meet till half of the book. So imagine my excitement waiting to see them on the same page.

And their first meeting was perfection. And it amazes me how this book/series is titled. The title of each book in the series is definitely Lisbeth Salander but the name of the series itself, Millenium, is Mikael Blomkvist. You’d know early why Mikael is Millenium.

Overall, this is a unique, compelling story I couldn’t put down. It is fascinating but dark. Truly sensational and deserves the hype surrounding it.

So what do you think? Will you read this book? Or you have already? Let’s chat.


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17 thoughts on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [Book Review]

  1. Terrific review as always Lili. I haven’t read the books, but I have seen the original movies, and they were really good. The character of Lisbeth is truly amazing, and an absolute badass as you say. Though very dark, this was definitely a very compelling story, with some very cool twists and turns! Glad you enjoyed it so much as well! 😊

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    1. Thank you… 🙂 🙂 But ugh! I don’t own the next books in the series and I can’t find them in the bookstore near me so I’m dying here.. I wanna read it so bad. I can’t wait for shipping. But I’m gonna try finding it on a secondhand bookstore tomorrow.

      Lisbeth Salander is phenomenal.

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  2. Great review Lili. I read this one when it first came out and quickly read the next two in the series. You are so right, they are dark and have some very tough issues. I wonder about the authors when they write about this material so well.

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