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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Posted by Caitie F on July 18, 2010

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Author: Stieg Larsson

Publisher: Knopf

Hardcover: 480 pages

ISBN: 978-0307269751

Rating: ++++

Summary (from Amazon):

Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family’s remote island retreat north of Stockholm. At once a vivisection of Sweden’s dirty not-so-little secrets (as suggested by its original title, Men Who Hate Women), this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple: disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist, freshly sentenced to jail for libeling a shady businessman, and the multipierced and tattooed Lisbeth Salander, a feral but vulnerable superhacker. Hired by octogenarian industrialist Henrik Vanger, who wants to find out what happened to his beloved great-niece before he dies, the duo gradually uncover a festering morass of familial corruption—at the same time, Larsson bares some of the similar horrors that have left Salander such a marked woman.


This is another one of those books that took me forever to finally read. I heard the hype, but was never really interested in it, but since it has so much hyper, I figured that I would give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised with the book. The mystery of Harriet was intriguing, strange, and in the end, terrifying. I could not stand Salander at first – she goes against what she is supposed to do and the rules of society whenever she can, she is pompous and will not get close to anyone, and she seems to think that she is never wrong. However, the more I read of her character the more I started to like these things about her…and the more I realized there are some deep problems that she has dealt with in her life that have led to her actions.

The book was good, but it was nowhere near perfect. It was very slow at the beginning, if people had not told me so many times that it got better, I would have put it down right then. I have heard that is the same case with the other books in the trilogy. Yes, there needs to be some explanation in books, and yes, it is sometimes boring, but when it is over 100 pages it is a little much. Maybe it was because the author was dead, but it should have been cut or reworked by editors before being published.

I am planning on watching the movie, but I am a little nervous to because I was very disturbed just reading about the awful things done to women, I don’t need to see it. If it is too graphic, then I think I will have to pass.

I look forward to the next book, but I am know I will have to push through parts of it, and that does not make me happy.


6 Responses to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson”

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  2. I have a feeling I’ll like this one a lot, too – if I ever get it read.

  3. Amanda said

    I have to admit this book scares me to death and I can’t imagine reading it for any reason…

    • Caitie F said

      That is the same issue i had for so long. I couldn’t read the book late at night because parts of it were so disturbing…but that said, I am still glad I tried it. It should come with some kind of warning though…

  4. I haven’t read the book, but I did see the movie. There were some pretty disturbing parts (what Lisbeth does to the guardian guy was very uncomfortable for me to watch). The movie is pretty tense too, I thought they did a good job building the action. But yeah, it definitely earns whatever rating it has.

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