Book: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Synopsis: Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a lively conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of iniquity and corruption.
Disclaimer: This book contains trigger points such as sexual assault and violence.
As soon as I started reading this book, I regretted having waited so long to read it. I should have read it years ago! This is a very fast-paced thriller that brings forth a mix of dysfunctional families, murder mysteries, fascinating sleuth work, psychodrama and dark humor, creating a story that will linger in your mind long after the book is done.
Have you been debating whether or not you should give this book a read? Here are a few points that will perhaps faster your decision:
🍂 Detailed description: At first, I was overwhelmed with the amount of details and description that I encountered in the first few chapters of the book. I had to actually take up my map and located Sweden. However, one you make it past these pages, the story does pick up and it does not slow down. The details given at all points of the story makes everything in the story much more gripping.
🍂 Proper use of foreshadow: I really enjoy reading a book in which events are foreshadowed. I had so many ‘aha’ moments while reading this book simply because of connecting and eventually to something a character mentioned beforehand.
🍂 Gripping suspense: I was so tempted to skip to the last page of the book just to find out what the hell happens! At some points during my read I actually screamed out loud at the unfolding events. You know how you can watch a good movie and at some points you get so anxious about what happens next that you take a break? This book is exactly like that!
🍂 Excellent story development: I truly appreciate when authors have a comprehensive plot flow to their writing. From the word go, every event connects and each thought brought up was well connected to the last. It was easy to follow the story without getting confused by unfolding events.
🍂 Character development: Each character that is introduced in this story is very well developed. Details are given about their personality to the maximum. I appreciate a book that can make me deeply love one character and at the same time have deep hatred for another character.
🍂 Unpredictability: This somehow tied to the point about suspense but I decided to give it as a separate point simply because there are times when a book may keep you in suspense but somehow, you already know whodunit or how events will unfold. For this book, I could not predict anything! At least not confidently. I got a bad vibe from some characters when they were introduced, however, those are the ones that actually turned out to e the good people. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll have gone through a wild ride!
“There’s always someone willing to believe malicious rumors.”
“I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back.”
“Then I discovered that being related is no guarantee of love!”
“Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.”
I hope that you get a copy of this book and I hope that you enjoy the read as much as I did!
Cover image courtesy of Bethaney Wallace.