The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family - the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomqvist is hired to investigate, but when he links Harriet's disappearance to a string of gruesome murders from forty years ago, he needs a competent assistant - and he gets one: computer hacker Lisbeth Salander - a tattoed, truculent, angry girl who rides a motorbike like a Hell's Angel and handles makeshift weapons with the skill born of remorseless rage. This unlikely pair form a fragile bond as they delve into the sinister past of this island-bound, tightly-knit family. But the Vangers are a secretive lot, and Mikael and Lisbeth are about to find out just how far they're prepared to go to protect themselves - and each other.
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- Paperback | 554 pages
- 110 x 172 x 38mm | 322.05g
- 03 Jul 2008
- Quercus Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
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Our customer reviews
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: - Exposition 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.show moreby Vanda