By: Stieg Larsson
Series: Millennium Trilogy, Book 1
Published: 2005 – English version in 2008
# of pages: 631
Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into a complex and atmospheric novel, with an unpredictable style, intriguing scenes, and giant twists to the plot in many places.
My opinion: It took awhile for me to become interested in this book. It wasn’t until about 80 pages in that I started enjoying it. I think it may be that way with most readers. The first part concentrates on the character Mikael Blomkvist’s financial journalism career, so unless the reader is interested in financial affairs, this part won’t be interesting. Although as soon as the mystery started unraveling I was hooked! I’m surprised I enjoyed this book so much because it’s very violent and graphic. There’s a theme of sexual abuse and violence against women.
However, I loved the mystery. It was intricate, but not too complicated. I was able to work out a couple of the pieces, but the whole thing wasn’t spoiled. I couldn’t put the book down because I just had to know what happened next!
The only thing I disliked is how there’s a story within a story. There’s the beginning and end which concentrate on Blomkvist’s financial journalism career and then there’s the middle, which consists of the mystery. Thankfully the mystery makes up most of the novel, but then again, that makes the end feel especially out of place. I felt like the book had already ended, but I still had to read a lot more before the actual end. It didn’t tie together very well.
Why I gave this book 5/5 stars: Very well written (and translated since it was originally written in Swedish), good character development, unique and thought provoking subject matter.
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