Review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Reviewer: Rebekah
Series: yes
Rating: 4.5/5

Just finished this a few hours ago.


Where do I start?

I’ve been hearing about this fantastic book for a while now, so I bought the paperback very cheap at a used book store. It’s been on my TBR list for a while.

Before I explain how freakin’ awesome this book is, I will say that it was not perfect. It was hard to get into, and a little difficult to get used to the financial journalist and big-shot business lingo (it also was hard to transition from “sweet” YA novels….I just finished Lola and the Boy Next Door).

I’ve heard a few complaints from bloggers and reviewers on the web who did’t like the writing style. It wasn’t my favorite either, but I think it worked for this type of novel. In a way the no-nonsense, straightforwardness reflected the personality of Lisbeth (the tattooed anti-heroine). It’s a crime novel, guys. If the writing was any more descriptive, I wouldn’t have been able to get through the really disturbing parts. And there were quite a few. It wasn’t an easy novel to read (but I couldn’t stop reading).

Needless to say, this book is not for the faint of heart.

The plot. Oh, the plot. A twist here, red herring there, and then BAM.
DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING, HUH? At one point, I actually jumped out of my comfy little futon.

STIEG LARSSON, YOU TOTALLY FOOLED ME! and just about everyone else, by the looks of it.

Anyway, can’t give anything away.

As for the leads Lisbeth Slander and Mikael Blomvkist: yes.

Mikael wasn’t my favorite at first. He definitely has his flaws, but he’s the perfect protagonist for this kind of novel. By the end, I loved him.

Lisbeth. Can’t understand her but I loved reading about her. She has her own code. She is who she is. She’s tiny, but she’s mean. She’s not all “there,” but she’s genius.

Am I going to read the second?

I’ve already got it in my backpack.

1 comment
  1. Jess said:

    This has been in my TBR pile for almost a year. I wanted to read it before the film came out. I've heard alot of the same things you mentioned about the book, this has made me want to start reading it again.

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