Book Reviews

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson is the first book in the Millennium Trilogy. Industrialist Henrik Vanger hires journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate the past of the Vanger family under the pretense of writing a book on the family chronicles. However, the real reason is that he wants Blomkvist to investigate the Vanger family due to the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, his grand-niece, several years ago. Vanger is certain she has been murdered. And by a family member.
Blomkvist is not keen on taking on the case but does so despite his better judgement because he is offered a bone…information on a tycoon who ended up suing Blomkvist for libel for an article on him in his magazine, Millennium. Henrik Vanger prior to hiring Blomkvist, had him checked out by Lisbeth Salander, a freelance private investigator for Milton Security. Lisbeth is not your average 25-year-old woman. Not the most social person on the planet, she has her ways and means of finding out information about the people she is employed to do so. A number of tattoos on her body, a mysterious past and a demeanour where she will not let anybody get emotionally close to her, she remains an intriguing person. Blomkvist later employs her services to assist him with research on the Vanger family.
While Blomkvist initially has no illusions about being able to find a murderer…even if there was one…from almost 40 years ago, he realises that he has stumbled into something possibly quite sinister as his life is threatened. He is obviously closing in on someone and so begins a roller coaster of a ride.
What did happen to Harriet Vanger all those years ago?
Was she murdered? And if so why?
Who in the Vanger family is responsible for this?
And again, why did they want her dead?
Does her death or disappearance have anything to do with some other deaths in Sweden back then?
All these questions and so many more make it an entertaining and gripping tale. It is definitely a page-turner and keeps you guessing about the whys and the whats and the whos and the hows. Just as a thriller should. I got through the book in a couple of days just because I was unable to put it down. The characters are quite interesting although I will admit I couldn’t really empathise with them much. Salander is an intriguing character for sure and you want to know more about her and how she manages to gather such detailed and yet private information about people. Most of her past is not revealed and keeps you wanting to know more.
All in all, a great thriller which also manages to give you chills down your spine on certain occasions.

My rating:

Until next time,
***This has been cross-posted at Bond with Books***

You Might Also Like

  • Smitha
    28 November 2010 at 11:59 am

    This one has been on my must read list for a while. Your review just makes me want to read it more!

  • Titaxy
    28 November 2010 at 9:26 pm

    i haven’t got this one yet because of all that hype…wasn’t sure if it would live upto the expectations…sounds interesting though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Psych Babbler
    29 November 2010 at 4:08 am

    It was really good Smitha! Not a literary masterpiece or anything but a great work of fiction…and a great thriller… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Psych Babbler
    29 November 2010 at 4:11 am

    Hehe…I put it off due to the hype as well. Didn’t think it would live up to it. Finally caved and bought it via bookdepository for a cheaper price. It’s not a great work of literature or anything but is a good thriller for sure…had all the things I like in thrillers…:)

  • Bikram
    29 November 2010 at 7:27 am

    This has been made into a movie now the trilogy I think or well at least the first two ..

    I am sure i heard on the radio this being advertised the third part

    seems to be a good read tooo … thanks

  • Writerzblock
    30 November 2010 at 1:58 am

    Oh I’ve heard so many good reviews about this book, that when I finally saw it on my mum’s bookshelf, I grabbed it, but due to my rather handicapped eyesight AND vocabulary, I couldn’t read it as fast as I would have liked to!!! Someday perhaps…. and then I hope I remember to come back and comment on your review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Psych Babbler
    30 November 2010 at 4:27 am

    I think the first two books have been made into movies so far but I haven’t watched it…don’t really intend to. Not big on movie adaptations of books…especially the recent ones…Harry Potter was a disaster… ๐Ÿ˜

  • Psych Babbler
    30 November 2010 at 4:29 am

    Do read it Pal! It’s a very interesting read…great thriller ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, do come back and comment when you are done…

  • Avada Kedavra
    30 November 2010 at 10:19 am

    Skipped the review since I am reading the book now.. will be back here once I am done reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Harini
    4 December 2010 at 4:49 am

    I will start reading this book as soon as I m done with ‘Little Women’. Actually i read 5 pages already so skipped the review ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Psych Babbler
    5 December 2010 at 3:24 am

    Hehe…as I told Avada, do share your views once you are done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Girl who Played with Fire ยซ Bond with Books
    6 December 2010 at 4:26 am

    […] Go on and read it. After you read the first book (which has been reviewed here) […]

  • The Girl who kicked the Hornetsโ€™ Nest ยซ Bond with Books
    31 December 2010 at 2:50 am

    […] Stiegย Larsson. Prior to reading this review, I would highly recommend reading the reviews of the first and second books to have some background knowledge. The final installment begins with Lisbeth […]