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

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book of a trilogy written by Stieg Larsson shortly before his death. It is the story of Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist who is trying to overcome a scandal, and Lisbeth Salandar, a tattooed young woman who has the uncanny ability to dig up every little detail about whoever her subject may be. Blomkvist finds someone who says he can help clear his name, but first he must spend a year researching the disappearance of the man's great-niece many years ago.

This book is filled with many different characters and so many storylines I have a hard time remembering them all a few months after reading it. But the characters are unique and interesting. The story is intriguing and made me want to turn the pages to find out what happened next. I will admit that I was not crazy about the last few chapters of the book. I didn't like the direction it went in - and I'll leave it at that to avoid giving too much away. But I liked the characters and the style of writing enough that I'm reading the next book in this series now, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

Larsson writes with great detail, so this is not a quick read by any means. It didn't take long to read, but it does require a lot of concentration. There are a lot of things going on at once, and there are a few different mysteries to follow and try to solve. So the reader is forced to pay attention and not skim over all the details. I enjoyed this style of writing, but can't do it all the time!

In general, I'd recommend this to many of my friends. But for those who prefer easy, quick reads, and those who avoid violence - particularly sexual violence - you may want to steer clear of this one.

My Rating: 4/5

Reading group guide and discussion questions for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Read my reviews of the other books in this series:
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

This review was written based on a copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that I borrowed from a friend.


  1. I have seen this book talked about elsewhere. I became intrigued but then forgot about the book.
    Thanks to review, my memory has been refreshed. I am also glad that you pointed out...that the book is not a quick read. That is good info. to know.


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