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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004. Book - 2008 Adult Book / Fiction / Thriller / General / Larsson, Stieg None on shelf 4 requests on 1 copy Community Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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Originally published: Stockholm : Norstedt, 2005.
The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.--From publisher description.


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I'm hooked submitted by celesteh on March 30, 2010, 1:43pm Wasn't sure I would be into this book before I read it - I don't typically read mystery-like stories - but it became such a worldwide phenomenon that I decided to give it a chance. I had checked it out sometime last year, fully intending to read it, but put it off. When I heard about the film coming out recently, I knew I really had to give it a shot. I'm glad I did. Dark family secrets and intrigue, a setting in Sweden, and a strong female character who I really liked. There's a couple things about the story I would change - but overall I really had fun reading this one. It's a tough one to put down! Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.

Not for kids submitted by InterestedPat on June 22, 2011, 11:44am But perfect for adults and older teens! I really enjoyed the book even though it was very graphic and contained adult elements. This book definitely is not for kids but will pique the minds of older readers who have to sift through the clues and get smacked in the face by some unforeseen situations ;) I've always liked mystery novels and especially the ones that take ridiculous amounts of thinking. I love the entire series and I recommend this for anybody old enough to read it.

not for you submitted by honordenver on June 26, 2011, 4:55pm this book is not for kids

Great! submitted by eringogreen on June 28, 2011, 1:52pm I was hooked after I read this and had to immediately buy the other two because I couldn't wait to get them from the library. The first one is definitely my favorite of the trilogy. There was more of a mystery and it was just so new. The whole trilogy is great, but there's nothing like the first book!

This book is just OK submitted by marielle on June 29, 2011, 12:07am This book is just your average mystery.

The reason it probably became so popular is the fact that the main character is female, implied autistic, intelligent, and highly sexualized. I was actually very excited to read it because of that, but unfortunately I feel that her character was written very poorly. Plus the author didn't seem to know much about technology, which was sad because she's supposed to be a techie. I would make a better "female hacker" than her, sorry.

Trigger warning for sexual violence.

what joy thinks submitted by joiemma on July 1, 2011, 7:11pm good

Great mystery submitted by kgolden65 on August 3, 2011, 8:00pm My favorite of the trilogy. I love that I learned something about the Swedish culture. Intricate mystery

Not for Kids Indeed submitted by Micaela on August 18, 2011, 11:51pm Protagonist and victims are women, and they all suffer some form of physical/emotional abuse in the hands of men. No wonder Hollywood wants to create its own version; It's an opportunity to insert the shocking and graphic scenes kept out of the Swedish film. The author's intent seems to be to upset and offend the reader into taking up the cause of violence against women, and is quite effective. I had nightmares for some nights after reading this book. The book is a page-turner that's hard to put down, and hard to shake off from your psyche after reading it.

Worth it submitted by xjasx on June 17, 2012, 12:00am I was really iffy on reading this book but I didn't like mystery genres but after my friend convinced me, it all went great xD

Great book! submitted by goblue on June 21, 2012, 5:28pm This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down. Stieg Larsson was an amazing author. My only wish is that he could write more books to this incredible series!

Pretty good submitted by ashflowtuff on June 28, 2012, 1:00pm I enjoyed this book, and definitely got sucked in and had a hard time putting it down. But, the story didn't turn out as interesting as I thought it might be, and I had a hard time with some of the relationships between characters. I recommend it if you like suspenseful stories and don't mind violence.

Best of the Series submitted by Sara W on July 31, 2012, 8:15am Like many people, I read this book purely because of the hype. And it was totally worth it! This book more than lived up to its reputation. It's smart, suspenseful and action-packed. The pacing is excellent and the mystery unfolds gradually - along with the character development - sucking the reader into the story more and more. It's very well done.

I went on to read the rest of the Millenium trilogy, but didn't feel those books were as well-crafted as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Wonderful submitted by johnnyringo on July 2, 2013, 10:22am I loved this book and the others in the series.

tgwtdt submitted by a2sue on July 25, 2013, 10:08pm the girl with the dragon tattoo is part of a wonderful series

gripping submitted by airgood on August 1, 2014, 2:27pm This is quite the thriller, and it's hard to put down. There are definitely a lot of dark and adult situations that are pretty cringe-worthy and seemingly unnecessary at times. That aside, I enjoyed the characters and the suspense. The rest of the trilogy is very good too.

Drawing room mystery on an island submitted by sueij on August 30, 2016, 9:46pm Another of my handful of 5 star ratings. This book was outstanding. I'm crushed that the author died after handing in the three manuscripts, as apparently there were supposed to be 10 stories.

But to the book! It's a mystery, and more particularly "a 40 year old drawing room mystery situated on an island," as it is described by the protagonist. The mystery itself is fascinating, the characters have depth and history and complexity, and the writing is compelling. Toward the end there was some suspense and violence, which are definitely not my style, but (though they are probably played up in the movie I haven't seen) they weren't the bulk of the story and they made sense to the story line. No gratuitous violence, in other words.

I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a good mystery to sink your teeth into.

Deserves the Hype submitted by Meginator on June 28, 2017, 9:27pm I'm always leery of reading super mega bestsellers, but usually their fame is justified; this is certainly the case for the Millennium Trilogy. The main characters are immediately compelling in a way that many mystery protagonists aren't and the mystery itself unravels at a good pace, gradually unspooling into something much larger than it initially seems to be. Be warned, however: the book contains some pretty vivid and upsetting violence and while the plot kind of justifies this, it's pretty horrifying (and escalates later in the series, if you are intending to read all of the books).

All things considered, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo brings something new to the mystery genre, at least insofar as we are used to it in the USA, and it is a very compelling series opener.

Fantastic Thriller/Mystery Novel submitted by gladaaro on June 22, 2018, 10:10am This book is absolutely fantastic! If you like mysteries, thrillers, or old time detective novels then this is worth a read!

AMAZING and Intense submitted by VanCancue on July 27, 2018, 4:37pm I was totally hooked to this book. It was amazingly intense. There were parts of this series that did not let me sleep at night. I would sometimes have to read past them for another hundred pages just to sleep peacefully. The heinous acts committed by the horrible people in this book sends shivers down your spine. The way the author works through the investigation is amazing. It makes you wonder what goes on through the authors mind. From first page to last this book is amazing. You just can't put it down.
Parents beware there is seriously violent content in these books.

One of the best series! submitted by TLW1998 on July 23, 2019, 8:40pm I loved this book and this series. It was hard to put the book down.

Tattoo submitted by Clown81 on August 31, 2019, 3:17am Not kid friendly.

Just an extended rape fantasy submitted by slipjack on August 12, 2020, 6:03pm Sorry, but this book is essentially just a string of rape fantasies strung together with an OK mystery. I’m sure the writing is great, etc etc, but I really couldn’t stand how gleefully the rape scenes were portrayed.

... submitted by maywang on June 11, 2021, 8:53pm dfggeag

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New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Year Published: 2008
Description: 465 p.
Language: English
Format: Book


Missing persons -- Investigation -- Stockholm -- Fiction.
Journalists -- Stockholm -- Fiction.
Computer hackers -- Stockholm -- Fiction.
Rich people -- Fiction.
Corruption -- Fiction.
Sweden -- Fiction.
Stockholm (Sweden) -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.