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

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book of the Millennium Trilogy Series by late Swedish author Stieg Larsson. The manuscripts were published after the author’s death in 2004 to find places in the New York Times best sellers’ list.

Mikael Blomkvist, the protagonist is a journalist and publisher of the Millennium Magazine. The story starts with Mikael being convicted of libel against Swedish industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. Mikael, who was known as a honest and talented journalist doesn’t do any kind of justification in court which led to a sentence of three months in jail and fine. He decides to take a break and get back at Wennerstrom with proper preparation. In the mean time, the responsibility of managing Millennium falls on Erika Berger, who need to keep the magazine afloat in the midst of fallen advertisers and the stain on their credibility.

82 year old industrialist Henrik Vanger has only one desire left – to know what happened to his niece Harriet Vanger around forty years back. Harriet vanished when she was 16 years and Henrik has no clue as to what happened to her.

Lisbeth Salander is a social outcast who is still under guardianship at 24. She is reported to be someone of violent nature and doesn’t respond to any kind of therapy. The other side of Lisabeth shows her as a female hacker with amazing ability to find out information that is very difficult to obtain. Lisbeth Salander works as a private investigator for Armansky who owns the Milton Security firm.

These three lives become connected when Henrik hires Milton Security to do background check on Mikael and Lisbeth is assigned to it. Henrik wants Mikael to use his investigative abilities to solve the mystery of Harriet’s disappearance and is ready to help Blomkvist in his fight against Wennerstrom.

Review:
Among all the three characters, I found the Lisabeth’s character fascinating as she stands apart from most of the female characters that we find around. Her simple ways of looking at things and her lack of botheration for laws and authority is interesting. The character is well described, but I am looking forward to see more of her and Blomkvist in the coming books.

One thing I noticed about this book was that the suspense builds up very slowly. Even half way through the book, I was clueless how all this is going to be connected. Then everything fires up and starts happening very fast.

The story is quite well written and I am waiting to read the other two books in the Millennium Trilogy -The Girl Who Played with Fire & The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. I cannot say that this book is great as a suspense thriller, but I certainly liked it though I am not sure if this trilogy deserves all the hype that media has created recently.

The negative point about this book is that there is a lot of reference to sexual perversion in this book, which could leave a bad taste in your mind for some time.

Rating: 4/5
Recommends: The Millennium Trilogy looks worth reading
Also, there are the other two books in the trilogy…

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