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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Literature & Fiction, Murder & Crime, Mystery & Suspense, Thriller & Psychological Thriller

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a book I was hesitant to read for a long time. When it was released a massive hype and media storm surrounded it; this made me reluctant to buy it, I was scared that this novel would not live up to its expectations and my hopes for a brilliant thriller. However! Despite this, a friend convinced me to read it after she said she could not put it down and so, I read it, and the verdict is that I LOVED it! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most incredible, thrilling and exhilarating novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading and along with Gone Girl and Jane Eyre, it is a newly found favorite read of mine. Stieg Larsson’s skill not only as a writer but a storyteller floored me – upon finishing this novel all I could do was sit back in shock and amazement at what a brilliant book I had just read. In my reviews, I like to write a brief description of this book, and although the majority of you will know all about this excellent book, I am still going to write a summary for the readers who are yet to experience this glowing read!

Our story begins in 1966 and follows the mysterious Vanger family. 16-year-old Harriet Vanger, daughter of the CEO of a family-run business (which can only be described as a wealthy empire) known as Vanger Corporations, goes missing from the family’s small island community and is never seen again. No trace of Harriet, not even her body was found. Harriet’s disappearance has always troubled her great-uncle, Henrik Vanger. Henrik has never moved on past Harriet’s disappearance; he desperately wants to know what happened to his beloved and most favorite family member.

The disappearance of Harriet has become Henrik’s obsession over the last 40 years; he has pondered over and over again about what could have possibly happened to Harriett. Sadly, Henrik soon concluded that someone had murdered Harriet but not just anyone… somebody in the Vanger family (now we have ourselves a family mystery book lovers!). Although Henrick believes Harriet was murdered, he nor the police have ever been able to think of a motive or find any potential perpetrators; therefore, he has no idea who to suspect.
Flash forward 39 years and it is now 2005 and Henrik is still obsessed with Harriet’s disappearance. Henrick’s time is running out to find the answers once and for all; He is an ill man with ailing health, he is growing older and sicker with each passing day, so soon, his obsession soon turns to desperation. In his desperation, Henrik decides to spend his riches on hiring an investigator to investigate Harriet’s disappearance so that he can indulge in his obsession one more time… once and for all before his time runs out.

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At this point in the novel, we meet the protagonist of the story, Mikael Blomkvist. Mikael is a forty-something-year-old financial journalist and editor of Millennium magazine; a magazine which he co-founded which prides itself on investigative journalism. Blomkvist, however, and the magazine have suffered a significant blow recently, and he has been convicted and found guilty of libel against one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Sweden: Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. It is crucial for me to mention Hans-Erik Wennerstrom because he and this subplot plays a considerable part in the latter part of the novel.

Mikael, with his name in poor-reputation, wants to keep a low-profile (understandably so!) and so, he pretends that he has been fired from the magazine to save it from further scrutiny from the media as well as the vicious Wennerstrom. Henrik Vanger is a man of many talents, one of those talents is scouting the right man for the right job. Henrick has been following Mikael and his career for a long time, he admires his journalistic skills, and when he learns of Mikael’s leave of absence, he sees this as an opportunity to hire Mikael and his resourceful knowledge to solve Harriet’s disappearance.

Henrick soon arranges a meeting, and upon Mikael and Henrik’s gathering, the reader learns that Mikael’s father worked once for the Vanger Corporation and Harriet herself had babysat little Mikael a few times. This, unlike the Wennerstrom snippet, is not an essential part of knowledge to the story. However, it does add another depth to this novel, and it helps with Mikael’s later decision.
Henrik jumps at the opportunity of hiring Mikael, and so he makes him a proposition. The proposition is that he come and live at Henrik’s estate with a year-long contract accompanied with an enormous sum with the ‘pretext’ of writing a history of the family – an autobiography of Henrik. I am sure all of you lovely readers can guess by now that this pretext is false and instead, his real mission is to discover what has happened to dear Harriet.

After much convincing and reluctance from Mikael, he finally agrees to take Henrick up on his offer, even though he knows that this is a troubling case as well as a challenging, delicate task and so, he needs help. Now the reader meets the second protagonist of the novel, Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is a brilliant, quiet, secretive young woman who excels at her ‘job’ as a masterful, genius hacker. Lisbeth is a woman with a troubled past and an even more troubling present; she is typically a closed book, but she sees something in Mikael. Somehow, he earns her trust and frankly, it takes her by surprise. So begins The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as this enigmatic duo team up to discover the truth about Harriet’s disappearance.

Book lovers, I am so sorry for my very long synopsis! I get carried away when writing a review of a book I love. It is a novel I am madly in love with; it is mysterious, haunting, twisted and suspenseful… all qualities I love in a mystery! The secrets the reader uncovers will shock you to your core; already I would have to implore you lovely readers to read this book if you have not yet. It is too brilliant to be missed!

At this point in my review, I believe it is essential to write about Larsson’s inspiration for his novel but I warn you, it is incredibly harrowing. Larsson’s inspiration for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes from a tragic and unsettling incident a young Larsson witnessed at the tender age of just 15. Larsson spoke of how he stood by as three men gang-raped an acquaintance of his named Lisbeth. Larsson, days later, was racked with guilt for having done nothing to help her and begged desperately for her forgiveness…she refused. The incident he said has haunted him for all of his life and in part inspired him to create a character named Lisbeth Salander who is also a rape survivor in the novel. This inspiration is heartrendingly sad, and I was shocked when I read about it. I think readers who know this, will gain an even better understanding of Lisbeth and that is important considering she is the focus of the novel.

The crime elements within these pages are terrifying, and unlike anything I read before and again, I can’t mention it without referring to Larsson’s other line of inspiration. Larsson’s crime inspiration for his novel comes from the murder of Catrine de Costa. Catrine de Costa was a 28-year-old Swedish prostitute who was murdered and horrifically had her body dismembered and placed in separate plastic bags all over Sweden. What is worse is that the killer was never found and ‘him’ setting those bags all over Sweden was a horrible twisted game he was playing with the police.

Larsson as a writer certainly had a very unusual, but an incredible way of thinking and learning about his inspiration for this novel will bring you closer to it and help you understand it better. I just wish poor Larsson was alive today so I could pick his brain about all things The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo could be labeled as only a ‘crime mystery’ however I think differently. I believe that this novel is so much more than a generic piece of crime fiction; it could never be generalized because it is special, unique. Larsson managed to add depths and layers to this novel which I have never before have come across with a crime novel.
Instead of being ‘just a crime mystery,’ it is the story of a woman’s survival, a story of crime, a story of disordered personalities as well as family relationships. It is more than a mystery, it is an entity of its own, and so I do hope that you lovely readers read this excellent book.

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Lisbeth Salander, where do I start? Lisbeth has to be the most incredible protagonist in the history of publishing. Lisbeth is an introverted, intricate, intriguing young woman; she is a woman who has a fantastic narrative, it grabs you from the first page and hooks you to the last. Lisbeth is not only an intriguing woman; she is a survivor, she has been surviving her whole life. She has survived the horrific state care system she had grown up in; in which she experienced unspeakable acts. She is surviving the prejudices which have sadly been placed upon her throughout her life. She is a remarkable woman for this alone but even more so because she has been surviving all by herself, with no help or support system. Lisbeth is a strong, authentic, poignant character and one of my favorite protagonists of all time.

As a lover of literature, I have to give praise to Larsson for writing such an exceptional novel. His writing will engross, enthrall and entertain you from the very first sentence; ever since the first sentence I was hooked. From that moment onwards I knew it was going to be an unforgettable read and it was! Larsson was a gifted writer; his words held such power over me and the millions of other readers his words touch.
It is tragically sad that Larson never knew the success of his Millennium series and what a critical read it became – especially for survivors. I am sure the majority of you know of Larsson’s fate, but in case you do not, I will enlighten.

Larsson had always only ever been a Journalist and Nazi specialist; however one day he decided to put pen to paper and write a book series. He walked to his publisher and handed his three manuscripts up front, but sadly, just a few days later he tragically died… he never knew the success of his novels, and that is so incredibly sad to me.

The next few paragraphs in my review are going to contain a few spoilers so if you do not know what happens in this book and do not want to be spoiled, then please skip to the spoiler-free sections which will be highlighted!

SPOILER – Having finished reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and learning of Martin Vanger’s true nature; I can’t help but see the shocking resemblance between him and his father’s gruesome crimes (but also the inspiration of the true-life murder of Catrine de Costa). As I am writing of how grotesque and immoral Martin’s crimes were, I have to mention that the crimes in this book are equally, if not more grotesque than the crime of Catrine de Costa; which is still a very shocking thought to me.

The crime in this novel could surpass that of a real-life horror show. If you do not mind reading about gruesome murders and crimes and in fact, have an interest in them then, of course, this is a book which you would revel in because the crimes were so disturbing that it makes your head spin with thoughts and feelings which you would not typically be accustomed. This is yet another reason why I loved this novel because as a lover of psychology and criminology alike, I was in my element!

SPOILER – At this point, I feel that I should write down my thoughts on the ending, not the conclusion but the ending and climax of the Vanger family saga and Martins murders. When Mikael was taken captive and strung up like a carcass by Martin, my first thought was ‘Yes! Now, this is going to be intense’ and intense it was! The conversation was raw, enticing and thrilling; so thrilling that I wanted it to last longer!

To summarise my thoughts on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I would say that this exceptional novel is a steady, streamlined, thrilling, gripping read which is distributing and creepy at the same. If you adore compelling mystery crime novels, then this indeed is the book for you and I have no choice but to give this incredible book five stars!

Thank you so much for reading my review book lovers! I appreciate it so much. I truly adore talking with all of you lovely readers so please do comment below and let me know all of those wonderful thoughts of yours! Let me know whether you have read this novel but also let me know if you haven’t and whether you would like to; I hope my review would have convinced you! If you have not read the book but have seen the movie then let me know your thoughts and whether you liked the movie or the TV series; I would love to know! If you have read the rest of the series too then please let me know whether they are worth me picking up! Thank you so much again!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. Please see attached a Book Depository link for those that are international! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Amazon U.K. – Book Depository – Publisher; Penguin Random House

Mini Movie Review

As this novel is now a movie I feel the need to quickly divulge my thoughts on it! I personally thought that the movie was insanely good and a perfect adaption of the book. The director David Fincher has a habit of adapting novels incredibly well, as we saw with Gone Girl which is one of my favorite books and movies of all time! I thought how the story was told was incredible and Fincher perfectly captured the harsh, cold setting of Sweden. The casting too was superb, especially Rooney Mara for Lisbeth; she was just amazing and I really implore all of you to watch the movie also!

Thank you so much again for reading book lovers!

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Wanda
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Love your reviews! I love following your blog/website because you always post so many reviews that are all different and unique from each other which is rare today so great job! Also as I adore your blog so much and want you to win I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you do not do awards I understand. If you do here is the skinny. https://cookiesandmoo.blog/2018/03/30/11-questions-11-answers/. Keep up the great work and you will always have a follower in me now! You do such great work!

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Kim Meyers

What a thorough review! I love your reviews so much and have been reading them as well as sharing them for years now. I love books and you always review such a great collection. It has been years since I read this series of books, but through the years it has stayed with me indelibly and your review has made me want to re-read the entire series. Lisbeth ks one of the most unforgettable and inspiring characters I can ever remember reading. Such a gripping story as well. I loved it wildly.Keep reviewing and I will keep reading!

beautyblitzblog
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Completely agree with everything you’ve just said! I ADORED this book! Like you I was a little hesitant to read it, but after the first chapter I was completely hooked and couldn’t stop until I’d finished it! I’d highly recommend his other works too, if you haven’t read them yet. Great post! xx

Ayunda
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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!!I agree with everything you just wrote! It was such an amazing plot and both Lisbeth and Erika are some of my favorite female characters of all time, because both are badass in their own way. I never knew about the inspiration for the novelX and now that I do I have a whole new appreciation for everything that I’ve read. I’m so scared to read Girl with the spider web because I feel like it’ll be a letdown. As a side note I adore your reviews and really enjoy how in-depth they are so… Read more »

huntersjones
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Fantastic review! I love this book and I love your website too. Been an avid follower for years now and love how you are always pushing boundaries with the norm of reviews. Also love how you lace bits about yourself in your reviews, that is great and so unique! Keep up the phenomenal work I will always read now.

Kay - The Desert Bibliophile
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I adore the Millennium series! There’s nothing like an amazingly written, chunky novel to get my blood pumping. I just picked up the fourth volume recently and while I’m super excited to read it based purely on my need to know what has happened since the third book, I’m hesitant because it’s not Larsson. Though, I’ve heard that David Lagercrantz leaves it open for a few more books. I can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the series!

Kay - The Desert Bibliophile
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Larsson did a really amazing job of wrapping up the main plot of the first three novels but still leaving enough questions to involve a fourth book and actually had an incomplete manuscript that was left in the possession of her girlfriend at the time of his death. However, because they weren’t married so had no right to his work. There was some drama, if I remember correctly between her, the publishers and his surviving family that retained the rights when he passed. I believe his editor wanted to finish what he had started but the family refused? Apparently the… Read more »

johnpersico
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johnpersico

Great review of the book. Love your visuals to add depth to your writing. You are very ambitious. Amazing how many of us out there love books. I know I may be older than your normal reader but I do really enjoy your reviews even the ones for your YA books because you write so in-depth which is rare to come across. Keep up the fantastic work.

Evelyn @ Books With Chemistry
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Oh my god. I never knew these things about his book. Everyone (or at least most of the bookish people I know) raves about this through & through. I’m never a fan of reading books with heavy mentions of rape but I’m willing… so so willing to check this out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE now. Thanks to you, really. I’m especially intrigued by Larsson’s inspirations and this female MC, Lisbeth. Give me a good strong survivor anytime and I’ll go with a smile! Awesome review you wrote there! (Though I skimmed slightly when you mentioned about the ending so that… Read more »

Magsi Rover
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Whoah! How nostalgic. Looks like I’ll never be too busy not to pay your site a visit. Thanks for this! <3 I think its always amazing to see updated write ups, insights and whatnot about books/stories and authors we like.

milliethom
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I’ve been intending to read this book for ages and your excellent and thorough review has made me move it a long way forward on my TBR list. Whenever I read one of your reviews I always trust your opinion as i have been reading your reviews for months now and you are so honest always but never negative which is so refreshing. I will be sure to add this to my TBR pile and let you know how I get on. Thanks again Aimee!

J.S. Mueller
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I saw the movie and loved it, but I really want to read the book now. Knowing how it was probably a way for Larsson to exorcise the demons of his past makes it that much more fascinating. Thanks for a thorough review.

bloggeray
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Hi. Once again I’m commenting on a review of yours without having read the book in question and having watched the movie adaptation (Infact I have watched all 4 movies that have been made on this trilogy, the three Swedish ones and the Hollywood remake too). Your review was again, very good and detailed and your adding the “making of” of the book would surely have helped a lot of the readers. And you have to give it to Mr. Larsson, he has created a female protagonist who can give any other lead out there a run for their money.… Read more »

bloggeray
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I actually was a bit shocked when I read the line about the reveal in the review, although since I knew it already it didn’t matter much to me. And yes, it sometimes happens to us all when we just write with the flow, when the words kind of come out of the hands, like we are writing on autopilot, and how wonderful that feels.
I’m just happy I found your blog and could add something meaningful to this already wonderful post. Your earnestness really comes through in every post.
Keep writing. God bless. 🙂

bloggeray
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The movie, as u might know, is based on another book in the series, One Shot. And for fans of the movie like me, a sequel is in the works.

bloggeray
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You should read it, preferably after watching the movie once again so as to compare them both and also because books are almost always, as a general rule, better than their movie adaptations. So yes, definitely check that out.

bloggeray
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All the best then. Which book are you reading now?

bloggeray
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Interesting, to say the least. 🙂

bloggeray
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I will. I hadn’t thought of writing book reviews on my blog earlier. But now I think it was a most wonderful thing to do, considering I got to know if beautiful blogs like yours only because of that book review I wrote. Now I will regularly post reviews of books too, starting with Killing Floor.

bloggeray
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Thanks for the advance appreciation 🙂

bloggeray
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Books are such great sources of knowledge and open the whole wide unseen world to us. We need all hands that we can get on deck to spread the word.

bloggeray
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That your collection is diverse is all the more better and elegant. And reading books together, wow! That must feel special!

bloggeray
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You are full of surprises! First you’re a Brit and then you married an American guy, at 17!!!! Wow. I think that is a good enough premise for a book, fiction/nonfiction.
Also, it is important to read different genres and writers, that gives us a better perspective..
Maybe you should work on that book!! 🙂

bloggeray
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I didn’t know, honestly. Actually, I didn’t check your about page, only the homepage and the reviews. Guess I should have. Great to know that you have had such adventures.
Maybe one day I’ll be writing the review of the book based on your epic story, Lol!!

bloggeray
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And so are you.
Thank you. 🙂

bloggeray
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Ping me.

Dave Astor
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“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is fantastic — as is your piece about it, RedHeaded BookLover. And the next two novels in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy are just as good as the first one.

Dave Astor
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You’re welcome — and thanks for your reply! I loved Stieg Larsson’s writing so much that I can’t bear to see his series continued by another writer. I don’t plan to read the new book. What about you?

Eric Klingenberg
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I loved this book as well. Really love your in-depth review and anaylis of the book. You should expand on the movie review section that would make a great feature.

bmackela
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Good review. I hope you get a chance to read the rest of the series.

books n'at
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I liked this book, but didn’t love it and I never picked up any of the sequels. I’m interested to know if you read them and if you think the story gets better as it progresses through the other books. They probably won’t be at the top of my reading list, but I would give them a try on your recommendation.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
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I love this trilogy so much, and even if I know the fourth novel doesn’t really have all that much to do with the first three, I do own that one as well. It’s really too bad his family wanted all the money, even if Larsson’s girlfriend had basically co-written all the books with him. That’s the reason why the almost finished manuscript is still not released.
Great review 🙂

The Opening Sentence
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Lisbeth Salander is an amazing character invention and a big inspiration to me and my work. (I often quote her alongside Hannibal Lecter as being the best examples of the anti-hero.) I need to read the fourth book as Langercratz has had good reviews for it.

As for the films: both Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara captured different sides of Salander so effectively, but I’d give Mara the edge.

Your website too is great, love the wide varirty of reviews and how you welcome all comments and views.

thefirstassertion
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WONDERFUL REVIEW! I actually adore your reviews and get happy everytime I see your notification. Your reviews are always so indepth and well written and compell me to read the book so keep up the fantastic work!

lifeandtrialsofatrainee
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Great review! I totally agree with your points and I really enjoyed the Millennium Series! Keep up the wonderful reviews I will keep reading!

Maria H.
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All 4 books in the series are great, even the one written by a different author (#4). He did a great job sticking to Stieg’s style and tone.
Surely someone has mentioned the Swedish version of the film to you? My husband and I both thought they were really good, maybe even better than the American version.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way. It’s nice to find a fellow mommy book lover, though with twins I am not sure how you manage!

Maria H.
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I’ve got a 3 and a 1 year old, both boys. I think all the books are very much about Lisbeth, if I remember correctly. I didn’t know there was a tv series!

Maria H.
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I am definitely hoping for a girl for the next one! You will enjoy the next books, if you have time to read them 😛 my kids don’t like it when I read, then they start demanding watching shows on the tablet. And the evenings is husband time so I can’t always read then either. How do you manage?

Maria H.
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I hope so! But if it does, I won’t know what to do with her! 😛

Maria H.
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Yes, that’s got to be awfully hard. I am very lucky because mine doesn’t travel very much and never more than a few days. It is such a relief when he gets home!

Arpita
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Hello Aimee,
I loved your review! Its so well written, I wish I were that good with review writing! Makes me want to red that book now! Great Job!

avidlysubversive
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I just finished reading this book a few weeks ago for the 4th time and it is still great. I don’t usually like the movie version of a book, but this time it was different. I loved it.

This post has a good flow to it. Keep it up.

Cherryl
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The entire original trilogy will have you gripped – and far better than the films. I loved how you wrote such a great review of one of my favorite books and even wrote a short anaylsis of the movies! The movies are good but nothing can ever beat the book. Thanks for the fantastic review Aimee.

Cherryl
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The second book is the next part of Salander’s story – then the third – the story continues…

Cherryl
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Yes, the three books are Salander’s story, she is the central character in each book, each book picks up where the other left off – ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is only the first part of her story – you really need to read all three to get the full story, things unfold further in the next two books (including who her father is – and a whole can of worms attached)….

Cherryl
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You won’t be disappointed!!

Cherryl
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Yes definitely, put it this way – certain people get their ‘just deserts’ and Salander comes out on top. I would hate for the ‘bad guys’ to get away with their mischief. I haven’t read the fourth book because there was a lot of controversy over it, there was some big feud within the family when Larsson died and apparently Larsson’s version/ideas for the fourth book were overridden. No complaints about the first three – great thrillers with plenty if twists! 😊📚

Cherryl
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I would definitely read the books first before watching any more films – I think I saw ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English and the ‘The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ in English subtitles – neither were anywhere near as good as the books though!

Samantha
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I have read the book last year and thought it was awesome as well! Lisbeth was a very compelling and intriguing character. Your amazing review has made me want to re-read it and I will do that as soon as I can. I love your reviews they always make me want to read and re-read books I have loved so thanks!

Tvor
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I really ended up liking the book but I found it took 100-150 pages to get going. Once it did, it was a great story! I loved Lisbeth and the other two books in the trilogy are even better. I’ve seen the movie and it was pretty good but the original subtitled Swedish one was definitely worth seeing as well. I preferred Noomie Rapace’s Lizbeth. Keep up the great reviews!

Joce
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You are so talented!!!!!! love your reviews and enjoy reading them and sharing them with my friends so much. Keep up the amazing work!

leighholland15
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This is truly one of my favorite books. It was a wonderful experience. Love your website too, keep up the great work!

Nthato Morakabi
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A really detailed review of a great book. I agree with you on many things about the book, and I enjoyed it thoroughly myself. Great review.

Nthato Morakabi
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I have not. The book was actually a dare from a fellow book blogger haha but the others are definitely on my list. Not so many good things apparently about the fourth book. What are you thoughts? (No spoilers haha)

Nthato Morakabi
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Yeah I wasn’t sure. It’s not on my list of genres but once I started, I got sucked in and really enjoyed it. Definitely glad I read it.

Nthato Morakabi
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Will do 🙂

J.S. Mueller
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My reading is pretty eclectic, like my musical tastes. I like thrillers and gritty urban fiction, noir. I don’t generally pick up romance or historical fiction, but if someone whose literary tastes run similar to my own, I might read it. I get through books slowly, as I only have enough spare time to either read or write, and I generally choose to write. I’m currently reading Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a couple books on writing, and a few things by indie authors whose novels sounded interesting.

J.S. Mueller
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So far, so good. I like his clear, whimsical writing style. It’s almost childlike in its lack of pretension.

J.S. Mueller
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I dunno…you know, I’ve never done a book review. I’ve been reading a lot of them lately, thinking that it’s something I ought to try my hand at. You got the thing down pat.

J.S. Mueller
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We shall see…!

J.S. Mueller
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I just got that for my son #2, for his B’day in May. We have a few mythology freaks in the family.

J.S. Mueller
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I had a long spell of it years ago. My mother was into it, so I read all her stuff.

J.S. Mueller
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Orpheus, is one. Icarus and Daedalus is another.

Patrisya
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I love this book! Larsson is a master in creating outstanding characters. I could not sleep at night because I was thinking about what happend to Lisbeth. She is such a complex and strong character, my favorite female character ever!

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
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I haven’t read the fourth one yet, I bought it as soon as it was out, and since then it’s just been sitting there.

thatscribbler
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Larsson’s demise is such a tragic loss to the world of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though as you said, I had to build up a lot of patience there in the middle! 🙂

thatscribbler
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Yes, exactly my feeling 🙂

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

One of my favorite book (and trilogy!). Lisbeth is easily likable. I’ve been thinking of rereading the series again, but I can’t seem to get the time to. Great review!

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

I am looking forward to reading more of your reviews and I’ll also look forward to your reviews on the other two books whenever you get around to reading them. Take care 🙂

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

Thank you and same to you 🙂

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

When I first read the series, I immediately loved it. I had recommended it to a friend and since then, she and her sister have read it at least twice! Overall, I think the series is enthralling and I think you should go for it. I want to reread it to see if I’ll feel the same way but can’t get around to doing so at the moment.

watchingthedaisies
Guest

I really enjoyed the movie but I think reading the book might be a bit overwhelming for me now. Such a sad background story to such a talented author. 🌼🌼🌼

watchingthedaisies
Guest

I have just posted on this yesterday. Mostly indie authors which are so talented. Book Lovers Tag is the post with full details. 🌼🌼🌼

reocochran
Guest

I liked this book series and was sad the author died. The Swedish films are great, I also enjoyed the American movies. 🙂

reocochran
Guest

The Swedish films are good, very interesting. You have to watch using subtitles. The books were definitely fascinating.
The American movies with Rooney Mara are equally great. I knew the male actors, recognized them. It had a great mystery, didn’t expect who the killer was, either!

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

What made you choose 4 stars and not 5 stars? (Just curious)

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

My name is Siobhan but my pen name is “S.E.Isaac” <3

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

Thanks a million! It’s Irish! <3

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

Nice to meet you, Aimee Ann. That’s quite a catchy name! Love it!

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

I watched the movie. I honestly have no intention of reading the book. I should have read the book and left the movie alone. Books are usually a thousand times better.

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

Oh wow. that’s saying a lot. Usually people complain about the movie being horrible

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

The way an author/director reveals the killer to the reader/watcher is sooooo important.

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

Honestly, I had to watch it twice because I fell asleep the first time 🙁

monsterinthecookiejar
Guest

A few scenes kept me on my toes, but for me, it wasn’t worth seeing again fully awake. 🙂 Random, did you watch Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon? If so, did you ever read the book? I haven’t. I really want to now though, because the movie was amazing. but they used a lot of graphics so it makes me question how I would like the book.

Okay, I’m rambling. sorry. 🙂

dsteenrod
Guest

I’ve been considering picking this book up, well now you’ve convinced me!! Hopefully at some point I’ll be able to get my hands on it! Also, I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It’s right here if you’d like to check it out! Liebster Award

dsteenrod
Guest

I have not seen either because of the fact that I want to read the book first! Also, I was unaware there was a tv show for it. I only knew about the movie!

dsteenrod
Guest

There’s usually more detail in the book which I why I almost always prefer the book over movies/tv shows.

dsteenrod
Guest

That makes me happy to hear!

dsteenrod
Guest

Planning on it! I probably haven’t heard of it bc it’s Swedish.

dsteenrod
Guest

You’re welcome! 🙂

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