- Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
- Format: Paperback | 554 pages
- Dimensions: 110mm x 172mm x 38mm | 322g
- Publication date: 3 July 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847246923
- ISBN 13: 9781847246929
- Sales rank: 917
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By Vanda 04 Jul 2014
The girl with the dragon tattoo is such an amazing book. It's mysterious, intense and so very interesting. It's definitely a page turner.
In my opinion, the best part of it are the characters. They are so interesting, unique and feel so real - like you're reading the story of real breathing humans.
The plot's great and has two storylines (which I don't really like but Stieg Larsson does a splendid job with it) and there's a nice twist in one of them.
What's more, the descriptions are usually short, concise, and easy to picture in your mind, which is great (at least for me).
With only this, I'd have rated the book 5 but unfortunately there are two big elements that I really can't stand in the book and they are:
There's a lot of exposition in the book, which I usually can stand but there are several parts where not only is it unnecessary but it's also way too long. It's obviously information the writer thought was interesting and pertinent, but as a reader, I have to say the book could do without it and it kind of slowed down the story for awhile.
- The Villains' ending *SPOILERS ALERT* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*BE CAREFUL OF SPOILERS AHEAD*
*SERIOUSLY THEY ARE REALLY BIG SPOILERS*
So, this is what really ruined the book for me: the deaths of the villains.
I honestly thought it was just an easy way to get rid of the evil doers and have the hero win (since both villains are so powerful and rich they could bribe their way out of prison and/or escape to another country (like one of them did) and continue their reign of terror and corruption - which would be a loss to the heroes who tried catching them so hard). So that's what I really disliked and the reason I couldn't bring myself to rate the book 5 - since I didn't enjoy that ending.
But then again, this is just my personal opinion. Though when I say the book's spectacular, it's a fact. Definitely worth reading.