The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
reviewed by Emma Hartley
National Best Seller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a compelling murder mystery that takes you on an emotional, thrilling, and heartbreaking journey. It is a story of love, a family rigmarole, financial conspiracy, and a fascinating murder enigma that will keep you on the very edge of your seat throughout the whole book. Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who was recently caught up in a libel conviction, is hired by Henrik Vanger, who founded and ran the Vanger Corporation, to reinvestigate the case of Harriet Vanger. Harriet is Henrik’s niece who disappeared over 40 years ago leaving not a single clue to what had happened to her behind. Henrik believed her disappearance to be the fault of one of the members of the Vanger family on Hedeby Island the day she went missing. The Vanger family is one of Sweden’s wealthiest families during this time period; they are definitely not your average family. Hidden within themselves are many heinous secrets. Not a single person was able to figure out what happened to Harriet when she first disappeared. Years later Henrik, who still hasn’t given up on learning the truth about what had happened to Harriet, decides to hire Blomkvist to look at the case. With the help of Lisbeth Salander, the story’s female protagonist who is beyond riveting, the two work together to solve a case that is so much more than they ever imagined. The author packs his novel with different uses of irony to help us acquire an idea about the difference in how most people see women’s lives to be versus the actual reality of their lives. A theme of violence against women in society is shown throughout to emphasize that the violation of women’s rights is an actual problem in the world, and the story contains certain horrors that are quite shocking to some people who haven’t realized what some women have to endure on a daily basis.