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Book Review – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Series: Millennium Trilogy, #1
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Pages: 465
First published: August 2005
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Sypnosis:

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.

Review:

I don’t know how many times I was battling myself whether I’m going to give this book a 3-star rating or a 4-star rating. And as you can see below, 4-star rating won. And I will tell you why.

Honestly, one of the reasons why it took me 9 days to finish this book was because I find the story so boring (me as busy as ever because of work isn’t counted ehe). I don’t know how many times I’ve got tempted to boycott this story and return it to the owner. I’m not sure why, but I still keep reading it anyway.

It did made me feel excited the moment “the girl” was introduced but after that, it went back to being boring. And then those adult-scene. My oh my! I was taken aback. I never thought this book contain such scenes. Don’t blame me, I have never watched the movie and I’m not planning to watch now. (The movie review isn’t that catchy and I don’t know the actor and actresses who portrayed the film adaptation) And it also talked about computer stats. I know I maybe into a little IT thing but dang, it still managed to lose me some blood because everytime I read those unknown hardware/computer related term, my nose keep bleeding. (Oops, just an expression, hehe)

This story really made me ask myself, “How in the world did I made myself read this book?” But dang! When I reached the middle part, I can’t help but hold my breath. Now this is what I call good book. Suspense part just kicked in and all those boring moments and negative reaction about this book just faded.

I love the mystery part wherein Mikael is investigating about the disappearance of Harriet, which they all assume was dead. And what’s more exciting was that Mikael and Salander join their forces. Then one thing leads to the other. After the first suspense was solved, I thought it’s just going to end like that. My oh my! This book just offered sooo many suspense scenes that I even lost count.

So that’s it guys, that’s reason behind the 4-star rating above. And btw, I just found out that this book is the first book to the “Millenium Trilogy“, no wonder the ending was a bit hanging. And also, I’ll be reading all the books in that series too. In baby steps ofcourse 😉

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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