The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

This is the first book in the famous Millenuim series by Stieg Larsson. Originally written in Swedish, these books have been translated to English.

The book starts with a promising prologue where an 82 year old Henrik Vanger receives a pressed flower from an unknown sender on his birthday. Henrik Vanger, a billionaire industrialist, is obsessed with the mystery of the sudden disappearance of his grand-niece Harriet Vanger almost 40 years back. He hires disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist to solve this mystery.

Blomkvist come with his own baggage of disappointments and reluctantly takes up the case. However he soon gets sucked into mystery and all the people who make up the dysfunctional Vanger family. He along with Lisbeth Salander, a mentally disturbed but brilliant hacker uncover disturbing truths about the Vanger family.

I somehow could not see the appeal of this book. While the hunt by Blomkvist and Salander itself is slow but interesting, the final denouement itself is anticlimactic. There are also inexplicable product placements in the book which read like they have been taken from a user guide. The book gets gruesome at places. The book continues for 50 more pages once the main mystery is resolved, which takes away from the intensity of the story.

I am not sure I will be continuing with the rest of the series, however it is good for a one time read.