The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Millennium #1

Stieg Larsson

fiction crime mystery thriller
dark mysterious tense medium-paced

465 pages | first published 2005

An international publishing sensation, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

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dark 93%
mysterious 83%
tense 68%
adventurous 40%
challenging 15%
emotional 14%
sad 10%
reflective 6%
informative 3%
inspiring 1%
funny 0%


medium 57%
slow 21%
fast 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 70% | Plot: 29%

Strong character development?

Yes: 54% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 21%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 41% | Yes: 30% | No: 27%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 59% | Yes: 22% | It's complicated: 17%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 12% | N/A: 0%

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