The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a book I have had on my TBR the longest.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is also the first book in the Millennium series. I wanted to read it since I was in high-school and developed my love for thrillers. Even though I was vaguely familiar with the plot, I went in blind, and I enjoyed every second of it!
Lisbeth Salander can dig the deepest secrets of her targets. She is often underestimated because of her looks, but loves nothing more than to prove people wrong.
Mikael Bloomkvist is a disgraced journalist and when tasked to investigate him, Lisbeth finds nothing but integrity.
When his investigation of a mystery that happened a long time ago comes to a dead end, he needs help. And who could do that better, than the same person who investigated him.
I loved the pace this book has. It starts very slow, giving you time to adjust to the new setting and the characters that will be your companions for the rest of the book. Then it gradually throws plot twists and new challenges that need to be overcomed. By the end, you are on a rollercoaster and your hunger for clues and resolution comes to a climax. Every character has their own story and personal development that fits perfectly into the story.
The way the characters have their own personal development is incredibly done, especially in the case of Lisbeth. Even though Mikael’s development is also very noteworthy.
I had mixed feelings about the ending. I loved the mystery part, and I think that ended very satisfying. However, I wasn’t a fan of how the romance concluded, or rather, continued. But with that being said, and knowing the series continues, I am hoping to read the next book and see whether this might change in the future.
After finishing the book, I was curious about the author, and I was so sad to find out that he passed away before he knew about his book and the success it has in the world. I also feel for his partner as well – for all the injustice she has gone through.
I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo so much, and I am so glad I finally read it. I will definitely be continuing the series, and I hope you pick this one up as well.