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

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Millennium #1
Author: Stieg Larsson
Translator: Reg Keeland
Reading Level: Adult
Pages: 465 Hardcover
Published: Originally in 2005
Review Source: Purchased
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

This is definitely up my alley, a mystery within a mystery , like a double sided puzzle, loved it.

Mikail Blomkvist, is a partner and financial magazine editor for Millennium, accused of libel after publishing an article about a company. He unexplainably decides not to defend himself in court when is found guilty and sentenced. Once sentenced, he decides to separate himself from the magazine and leave it in the hand of his other partners to minimize the damage to the reputation and credibility of the magazine, as much as possible. On his sabbatical he is approached by the attorney of the head of the wealthiest family in Sweden and is offered a job. He is to write the Vangers family biography with the condition that he will investigate and try to solve the mysterious 40 year old disappearance of his niece, using the book as an underlying excuse to investigate the family. He is coaxed into it by the promise of details that will be given to him in a year, to help his case uncovering the company that brought his demise. Once the job is accepted he seeks assistance in the most unlikely candidate, Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed and pierced introverted young girl that is a wiz hacker with a photographic memory. Tracking the new clues he finds, damaging skeletons and a mysterious terrifying past on the family where the solution to Harriet’s disappearance had been hidden.

Recommended book to those that like mind puzzling crime mysteries, I for one can’t wait to read the next book which I been told is even better.


  1. Ooh I really loved this series and book 2 is even better than this one. Especially if you like Lisbeth since it's all about her. :)

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  2. I've been wanting to read this series. I'm glad you liked it Trudy. Maybe I can sneak it in between one of my review books. :)

  3. I can't believe I have yet to read this one. I want to read it soon.


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