The Goth Girl’s Guide to Dating Old Farts

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Cover

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

This is the first book in the Millenium Trilogy. The second being The Girl who Played with Fire and the third, The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

I got the audio version instead of the book to listen to on my way to and from work. And I’m glad I didn’t have to actually read it.

The story:

Journalist, Mikael Blomkvist is tried and found guilty of libel by financier, Wennerström because his source double-crossed him.

It looks like his career is over when opportunity comes to write the family history of the Vanger family. But the real agenda is to find out what happened to the patriarch’s niece, Harriet, who was presumed dead, murdered by someone in the family. Blomkvist was hired because he’s a very talented investigator as well as a writer and he had known Harriet as his baby sitter when he was eight.

The most interesting thing that will hook you eventually is the character Lisbeth Salander; she’s the girl with the dragon tattoo. In an adult novel, it’s rare to find a protagonist with a goth persuasion. And that’s one word that summarizes how she looks… Goth. Think leather, chains, piercings, tattoos, death metal and black everything.

Of course, that’s not all she is. Salander is innately intelligent but was declared legally insane. She’s hacker with a passion for numbers that we’ll discover in the second book. Her weakness: serious authority issues and manically introvert.

In many ways, the book is nothing new – a detective story with a girl partner uncovering a mystery full of sex, lies and murder. In other ways… Damn it, I love Salander!

I can’t say that I like Blomkvist as much. I can see him with Robert Langdon sitting together having a scotch lamenting their love lives with girls half their age.

There’s some seriously boring narrative you have to tackle to get to the interesting plot of the story that’s why it boggles my mind that people would actually think it’s the next Dan Brown. I hardly think so. Dan Brown maybe a stick-to-the-formula kinda author but his earlier books were quite page turners.

I’m now in the third book, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and somehow I don’t like this book as much as I did the first and the second. I’m trying to think positive, maybe there’s a great story behind this boring dialogues. But until I get the energy to listen to it again, I’ll be checking out other books on my To-read pile.


3 out of 5 bookmarks


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