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

I have had this book since 3 years, and have tried to read it each year, only to shelve it as tbr again and again even without opening it. This time I persisted and boy, am I glad that I did.

The title is not exactly on point because while Lisbeth does play a major part, the story is about something else. But I still love the title too. It’s a story about politics and power games and family agendas. It’s about a lot of things but mainly it is a mystery that needs solving nearly four decades after it has happened. And the difficult task to comb through the past falls on Mikael Blomkvist.

To be honest, with the volume of details at the start of this book, I thought it might be boring. And yes, for a while it was, but everything plays a role. The story really takes off once Blomkvist and Lisbeth join forces, and that shows the quality of the team. I loved both character sketches but definitely felt Lisbeth’s was the more brilliant one.

As the story progressed, it drew me in more and more. I didn’t expect the level of violence that the investigation into the past would unearth, and how it tied together. And I finished this in 7 hours, give or take. I kind of saw the final end on the cards, but it makes me more curious to know what happens in the next book.

Liked this book a lot, except for the slight slowness of pace at the start of the novel. Might reread it sometime if I don’t pick up The Girl Who Played With Fire soon.

A Score Of 8 Out Of 10

Book Details:
Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Series: Millenium #1
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9780857054104
No. of Pages: 542
Publisher: Quercus
Rating: 8 out of 10

Vinay Leo R.
© A Bookworm’s Musing
17th Jan. 2019


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