The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Stars: ★★★★

Author: Stieg Larsson

Year: 2005

Country: Sweden 

Genre: Thriller – Crime



Män som hatar kvinnor (translated in English as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)  was published posthumously after the death of its Swedish authour Stieg Larsson. Counting on a great plot an interesting characters, this crime novel makes the reader addictive, probably being this the reason why it became a bestseller all over the world. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book in the Millennium trilogy.

The story goes like this. Old Henrik Vanger has being obsessed for decades with the disappearance of his niece Harriet, but despite of the exhaustive investigation that was carried out, no one ever knew what happened to her. Henrik’s final sleep could come any day and he can’t leave this world without giving a last try to solve the mistery. That’s why he asks journalist Mikael Blomkvist to work for a year in the investigation, though the possibility of his success is almost inexistent. However, Mikael eventually starts finding new evidence that, with the help of the peculiar private investigator Lisbeth Salander, could lead him to the truth. What they don’t know is that this story is far much complicated and dangerous than they thought.

When Mikael starts investigating Harriet’s disappearance, we are told many details of what has been found during the last thirty-six years. We get to know about each member of the Vanger family (who are a lot) and details of the day that Harriet was last seen. I found this first half of the book rather dull. Intriguingly, however, I couldn’t stop reading. I think that was mainly because the authour switched between what was happening with Mikael and what was happening with Lisbeth. So if I was bored by the details of the investigation, I had once in a while an interesting passage about Lisbeth to read. In the second half of the book, things start getting more exciting, and that’s when I got absolutely addicted to it.

Stieg Larsson

As regards the writing style, Stieg Larsson doesn’t offer very much, but it’s what we expect from a book of the genre. He was able to provide his story with a remarkable plot, which I found particularly interesting because the case to solve was almost forty years old. Often, the techiniques used by Mikael to solve the mistery reminded me of the TV show Cold Case. But it’s not only plot what engages the reader, the book also counts with great characters that are worth to know. My favourite is Lisbeth Salander, as she’s complex, weird and unpredictable.

There is one last thing I would like to point out, and is that this book describes some horrible acts of violence (including sexual violence). I just do this to warn sensitive readers. I could bare this passages, but I have to admit they impressed me a lot.

Though I don’t agree this is THE book of the decade, I think it is a really good crime novel. Addictive and entertaining, it seems like the perfect book to forget about everything and just get immersed in its pages. ☜


– Written by GuadiRC –


5 Responses to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  1. Pingback: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | Glutton for books, movies & series

  2. Ben says:

    Just wondering, am I write to say that this is based on true life and that the author has already died because of the guilty he felt on not saving the girl? Or not? XD

    Happy New Year BTW XD

    • fictionworms says:

      What? xD I don’t understand what you say… This book is fiction, and as far as I know, it’s not based on a true story. The authour Stieg Larsson wrote the trilogy Millennium, being this book the first one, and before they were published he died from a heart attack. But he just wrote fiction. If I wrote something confusing, please tell me what that is so I can make it clear 😉

      Happy New Year for you too! 😀

  3. Ben says:

    I think I am wrong on Larsson committing suicide but I think I am right on the story being based on reality or not? haha. I just read it from the google:

    Larsson witnessed the gang rape of a young girl when he was 15. He never forgave himself for failing to help the girl, whose name was Lisbeth – like the young main character of his books, herself a rape victim, which inspired the theme of sexual violence against women in his books

    Maybe “based” is not the proper word. I think its “inspired”?

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