The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Author: Stieg Larsson

Summary from Goodreads: 

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.

It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’s no turning back. This debut thriller–the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson–is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

Personal Review: 

I really liked the mystery in this novel. The crime and who did it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Too bad the characters in this novel weren’t as engaging and as likable as they mystery.

I found Lisbeth Salander to be a horrible character. Not only was she incredibly selfish and had almost no morals, but she was just plan unlikable. Mikael Blomkvist is not that much better. He has almost no personality at all. He is entirely all to “what happens happens”. He is far too content to let life happen to him as opposed to making choices and taking an active part in his actually life. He was far to two-dimensional.

In addition, I am no prude, but sex was looked at way too casually in this book. The sanctity of marriage was made a joke of. How can you love someone and yet sleep with someone else and just let that be the way it is? In the course of the book, he had sexual relations with three different characters. And it wasn’t a casual thing either. Yet somehow, he seems like the kind of guy to immediately jump into bed with a girl, yet he has no real emotions about it. Like with Cecilia. She genuinely liked him, but he seemed so emotionless when it ended. It was ridiculous.

Other than that, the mystery was enthralling and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

Rating: 4

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books On Your Fall TBR List


Because there are so many good books out, I am only going to list the ones that are already out, and not the ones that will be coming out in the Fall that I am looking forward to. There are so many books that I have neglected and this is my chance to make it right with them!

  1.  Nevermore by Kelly Creigh. I know, I know, how could I not have read this book already. Haven’t I see the glowing reviews? Haven’t you loved the cover? Doesn’t it just plain sounds intruging. Yes, gosh darn it. Yes to all of that. But it is a bit of a chunkster. And I get intimidated by big books. So I have checked it out over and over again from the library. But this fall, that is going to change. I am going to read it and then I will hopefully love it enough to read the sequel.
  2.  Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. Yes, yes, I know. Exact same as the above. I am working on it. I will be reading this and the sequel (both of which have been on my shelf collecting dust) this fall. Maybe during the 24-Hour read-a-thon. I cannot wait for that, BTW.
  3.  Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter. Now for this one, I am actually ashamed of the fact that I have not read this one yet. I majorly fan girled the first four books and I legit bought this book on the day it came out… And yet still it sits on my shelf. Why? Because it had been so long since I read Book 4 that I felt that I had to read all of the others first. And then I kept finding other books that needing reading, instead of doing the reread. But I had forgotten so many plot points that I absolutely needed to read them again first. I am currently on Book 3 of rereading I am loving it.
  4.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth. *sigh* This book has fallen victim of a curse I talked about in my last Top Ten Tuesday. I actually own it so it keeps getting pushed aside for library books. I really need to stop going to the library so that I can read some of the books I own at home. I really liked the first book and so now I just need to push aside everything else one Saturday and read this one! I am sure it will be just as great as the first one.
  5.  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Oh my goodness. I never realized how ashamed this post would make me feel until I started… and I am only half way through. I read and loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. So why haven’t I read this one? I mean everyone has said it is great… But I think part of the problem is that I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door so much that this one will not be able to live up to my ridiculously high expectations. But how could it not? I loved Anna and St. Clair… I think that this is one I just need to bite the bullet and read and I will end up loving it.
  6.  Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Now I know this one has got to be good. I have seen so many good reviews for it. As a matter of fact, one time I was in church and I heard a boy talking about this book to his friends and telling them they had to read it (and this was a pretty macho group of boys) so it has to be good, right? I have just been procrastinating with this book. I am super looking forward to it.
  7.  Sex With the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman. Now this is a book that several years ago (when I was still in college) I started at one of my excursions to Borders. I really enjoyed it. It was so tragic. I finally checked it out of the library and I am determined to read it all the way this time.
  8.  Little House on the Prairie SERIES by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Many years ago, when I was just a child, my mother used to read us a chapter a night every night before we went to bed. This is something that I have cherished. Lately, I have been wanting to re-read this series that meant so much to me when I was a child. I have forgotten much of what happened and I would love to remember the good times we had as kids snuggled on the coach, listening to my mothers voice. I know it is a bit of a cheat, because there are nine books in the series, but I just lumped it together under this one.
  9.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This is a book I stumbled across in Barnes and Nobles and I had to have it. There wasn’t even really a choice in the matter. I knew I had to own this book and read it. I love the premise of it and the cover and just about everything. I absolutely cannot wait to read it.
  10.  The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I heard a lot of good things about this book. In fact, of my goodreads friends who have read it, all of them have given it a 5 star rating. Plus the covers really appeal to me. This one isn’t as urgently demanding my attention as some of the others on my list… but it is definitely a series I want to get to a read this Fall.

So what books are you wanting to read this fall? Any on my list that you would recommend over others? Where should I start? Thanks for your input!