Book Review : The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

I came across this book on the shelves in bookstores so many times but never picked it up. I am a sucker for Fiction books and occasionally find awesome reads at the Thriller / Mystery section.

A friend mentioned how amazing this book is one day and I decided to pick it up. It’s actually an English translated version of the book by Steig Larsson, which was originally published in Swedish.

This is the first series of book from his famous Millennium trilogy. A series of action filled mystery book surrounding the main character of Mikael Blomkvist, a notorious investigative financial journalist for Millennium publication. The secondary (or more primary, I believe) character is Lisbeth Salander, a mysterious, goth-looking young adult girl who’s extremely introverted, socially inept with an unknown dark past with exceptional research skills and an extraordinary hacker.

The book is 554 pages long, much thicker than most fiction books I read. I am not one to have read many translated fictional books but I knew this one was worth it with all the accolades it received. I had to give it a chance.

Summary on book jacket

The Industrialist 

Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder.

The Journalist

Mikael Blomkvist delves deeper into the Vangers’ past to uncover the truth behind the unsolved mystery. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander, the enigmatic, delinquent and dangerous security specialist, assists in the investigation. A genius computer hacker, she tolerates no restrictions placed upon her by individuals, society or the law.

I have to admit that it was hard for me in the beginning. It took me awhile to get into the storyline. There were a lot of character building in the beginning of the book. Setup of the background and buildup to the foundation of the story was a little lengthy at first. Most probably because I got lost in so much of the Swedish terminology and names.

However, once I got into understanding the background of the characters and story, the author starts to bring me into the plot and it just took off like a rocket from there.

It is indeed an interesting read and I knew halfway through the book that I liked it and will definitely pick up the next installment of this trilogy.

This book certainly had a good beginning and an ending, so it was interesting to know that there is a continuation to these characters, which I am very curious to find out.

I rate this book a healthy 4.5 out of 5, which is very very good.

Click on the link and check out Amazon’s book descriptions, other readers’ reviews and buy “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson.


Book #2 : I have just started reading the second installment, The Girl Who Played With Fire, which was loaned to me by the very friend who introduced the book to me. Reading the jacket of the book, I found out that the amazing author of this trilogy, Stieg Larsson has died upon handing over the final installment to his amazing Millenium trilogy and never got to see the success his books have become. This is very sad indeed.

Click on the link and check out Amazon’s book descriptions, other readers’ reviews and buy “The Girl Who Played With Fire”.

Book #3 : The third installment of the book, is of course, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest – which I was told is only published in hard cover and not in paperback. I make a mental note to search for it in the bookstores the next time I go. I think I might just buy the hard cover of all three of these books just for collection. I am crazy like that with books I like.

Click on the link and check out Amazon’s book descriptions, other readers’ reviews and buy “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest”.


I found out surfing that this book has inspired a movie adaptation in Swedish which was released not too long ago. I also found out that it was released with English subtitles in New Zealand and Australia cinemas and subsequently a DVD, too.

I am very interested to see how (and who) they casted for some of these characters that I have imagined in my head while reading the book. I get super excited when some characters are brought to live on the big screen when they only existed in words by the author. More specifically, I’d like to put a face on Lisbeth Salander.

I am desperately hunting for an English subtitled version of this movie to download. Failing which, I also read that this is available in Blu Ray DVD in the shops here in Malaysia. Hopefully, in the near future, I would be able to write a movie review about this very same story. I have rather high expectations of this movie, considering it is the true original adaptation by Swedish movie makers, of a very famous Swedish book.

Although, based on many many past expectations, movie adaptations of great books are never half as good as the original book. Well, except Jurassic Park, where you really needed the visuals to make the book come alive! We’ll see.

Just to get you a little excited about the book, here’s the movie trailer (with English subtitles) to get you excited and headed to the bookstores.

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