I read a thriller/mystery book after a long time and a ‘real’ one for the first time. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is a novel written by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson as first part of Millennium series. The author was dead by the time these books got published and couldn’t see the acclaimed it got.
Mikael Blomkvist is financial journalist and is part owner of a Magazine. Mikael life hits a roadblock when he gets sued by one of the biggest industrialist for writing a story without any evidence and gets convicted. Seizing the opportunity another retired industrialist Henrik Vanger pursue him to investigate the case of his missing niece, Harriet. Harriet went missing 40 year ago and case has been closed. Mikael reluctantly takes up the case and start investigating the with pretext of writing a autobiography of Henrik Vanger so he can interview Hanger’s family members. Mid-way through the investigation he is assisted by girl named Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth Salander is young girl with her own past and is a social misfit. They get along and start unearthing the case step by step. They both connect the missing dots and how.
Stieg choose unusual plot, The case is 40 years old and chances of cracking it is very less. The book is fast paced with its share of twists, that’s how a thriller should be written. Once you start the book its hard to put down. The characters are strong and nicely sketched. The suspense is build nicely and climax is satisfactory. The book is bit long but not boring at any point of time (You may find initial 100 pages bit of a drag). There is a minor loop hole in the story which corrected in the movie adaptation. Also if you don’t like violence stay away from it because it has loads of it.
If you plan to watch the movie after reading the book don’t try it, You will be disappointed. I have strong urge to read the next book in the series but its too long 700+. May be, not now but eventually think I will read it.
If you have read a thriller before or if you haven’t, You would love this.
Rating : 4.5/5