Review of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I did not like this book. I did not like this book’s writing. I can’t even…a critic of mine once claimed that I often “confused dialogue and action for summary” and this hurt my storytelling. Having read TGwtDT I can now safely say, “THANK GOD I CONFUSE DIALOGUE AND ACTION FOR SUMMARY.”

Nothing happens in this book. Nothing. We are told that a lot happens but the entire thing reads like a sum up. In fact, at one point the lead character is introduced and we are told that she writes excellent summaries of the people she spies on. I couldn’t help thinking throughout this book that it was written just like one of those excellent summaries, which is so very boring.

At no point are we given any feeling for the characters, we never walk a minute in their shoes, we never feel their pain. We are told that they are cold, or that they are sad, or whatever, but nothing with any heart. Oh, and we also get a detailed list of every ingredient that anyone puts on a sandwich. So, yeah, my pulse never went up while reading but I knew whether or not our hero had capers on her sandwich. And, just to really break all the rules, we are also told whenever one of our detectives is *going* to find a break in the case in the near future. Oh the suspense.

Annoyingly there’s a great murder mystery buried under all of this, but the writing was just baffling to me.

No thank you.

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