Ruined by Reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Mystery by M on August 14, 2009

Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
Pages: 590
Rating: 5/5

I’ve been complaining for a long time that it’s become difficult to find a book that’s so good, it’s difficult to put down. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of those books.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo deals with two intertwined plot lines. There’s a murder mystery, along with a story of political and financial intrigue and revenge. After being convicted of libel for breaking a story on an industrial big shot, financial journalist Blomkvist is lured into the countryside to write a biography on the Vanger family and its financial empire. He’s also asked to solve the 40-year-old mystery of the disappearance of 16-year-old Harriet Vanger. He discovers a dysfunctional family and unearths unspeakable crimes with the help of a strange social outcast, Lisbeth Salander, who also happens to be a genius computer hacker and private investigator.

I like how the book speaks about how women are treated – both in general, and in Sweden. Some of the statistics given in the book are absolutely shocking. The original Swedish title of the book was Män Som Hatar Kvinnor, which translates to Men Who Hate Women, which reveals a lot about the underlying message.

I loved Lisbeth Salander from the beginning. Probably because I can relate to her in some small ways. Her character evolves and changes drastically. Almost unbelievably so. On the other hand, I really didn’t like Blomkvist very much. He seemed to be a little too perfect. He never acknowledges any faults, and he’s too much of a lady’s man, bedding anything that moves. I hated Erika Berger, his boss and occasional lover, even more. The dislikable characters don’t ruin the story, though.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to discuss the mystery without giving something important away, but it definitely is suspenseful and well thought out.

I can’t wait to get my hands on The Girl Who Played with Fire and see the movie version of this book.


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  1. Kristin said, on August 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve been seeing this book around quite a bit recently, I think it’s a sign I should read it. Especially after reading this great review!

    • ruinedbyreading said, on August 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm

      DO IT. I get customers in at work every day who keep telling me how amazing it is, too.

  2. S. Krishna said, on August 15, 2009 at 12:41 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much and that the hype didn’t ruin it for you!

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  4. hedgie said, on August 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve seen any number of good reviews of this book, so I just recently picked it up. Haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but will soon. Thanks for the review.

  5. Veens said, on August 22, 2009 at 5:41 am

    ahhha! I loved this… I read it last year! and i just las week finished the 2nd book. if you like Lisbeth – i m VERY SURE you will love what’s there in the nxt one!!!

    I nkow what you feel about Blomkovist… but I like him in the 2nd half of the 2nd book.. he is a good journo!

    I m telling u go grab a copy write away.. it i sworth it :D

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