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Book Review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson | Blushing Geek

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Series: Millennium Trilogy, #1
First published on August 2005 by Knopf
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 465
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.


I don’t know how many times I was battling myself whether I’m going to give this book a 3-star rating or a 4-star rating. And as you can see above, 4-star rating won. And I will tell you why.

Honestly, one of the reasons why it took me 9 days to finish this book was because I find the story so boring. I don’t know how many times I’ve got tempted to boycott this story and return it to the owner. I’m not sure why, but I still kept on reading it anyway. 

It did make me feel excited the moment “the girl” was introduced but after that, it went back to being boring. And then those adult-scene. My oh my! I was taken aback. I never thought this book would contain such scenes. Don’t blame me, I have never watched the movie and I’m not planning to watch it now. (The movie review isn’t that catchy and I don’t know the actor and actresses who played the roles) And it also talked about computer stats. I know I may be into a little IT thing but dang, it still managed to lose me some blood because everytime I read those unknown hardware/computer related terms, my nose kept bleeding. (Oops, just an expression, hehe)

This story really made me ask myself, “How in the world did I make myself read this book?” But dang! When I reach the middle part, I can’t help but hold my breath. Now this is what I call a good book. Suspense part just kicked in and all those boring moments and negative reactions about this book just faded.

I love the mystery part wherein Mikael is investigating the disappearance of Harriet, which they all assume was dead. And what’s more exciting was that Mikael and Salander join their forces. Then one thing leads to the other. After the first suspense was solved, I thought it’s just going to end like that. My oh my! This book just offered sooo many suspense scenes that I even lost count.

So that’s it guys, that’s the reason behind the 4-star rating above. And btw, I just found out that this book is the first book to the “Millenium” series, no wonder the ending was a bit hanging.

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