Book Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Strong Female Lead

Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2008) is about a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, who gets hired to uncover what happened to a missing person. He in turns hires a hacker, Lisbeth Salander, to help him investigate.

Mixed Feelings

I was a little late to the party with this book. I decided to read it after the movie came out. Correction, after the american remake came out. Everyone was raving about it so I decided to check it out. I saw the original film and the american remake. I thought they were good. So, I had to get the book because the rule is the book is better than the movie.

First Time for Everything

As I was reading the book, something strange happened. I remember it well because it was the first time it ever happened to me. The story was so good I wanted to know what happened next, but the prose was getting in the way. It was missing something; truth is, I didn’t quite know what was going on with the prose. The language felt heavy and I was having a hard time getting through the book. It was one of the most bizarre experiences I’ve ever had while reading a book.

Research

I needed to know what was happening. I researched the author and that’s when it hit me: the book was a translation. I think something was lost when they translated it. The book felt different. I’m telling you it was weird.

Great Story

Even though I had a hard time getting past the prose, the novel has a gripping story. The mystery will keep you turning the pages all the way to the end.

Final Thoughts

Don’t let my unsual experience with this book deter you, go out and read it. The story is powerful enough to read all the way to the end.

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