The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I can’t believe I waited this long to read the book, I’ve had it for months, and I’ve been told to read it even before that. But I never felt like it’d be a book that I would enjoy, especially since the title mentioned tattoos, I instantly pictured a goth looking girl who wouldn’t make a good character in my eyes because I personally have nothing in common with her. You should have seen my expression when I finally got to read the back cover of the book, and what the story is really about. How stupid was I, reading other senseless things when this brilliant thing was sitting right on my shelf. Well I sure am making up for lost time.
Here is the first warning, if you don't handle violence against women and children well, skip this novel. There isn’t a lot of violence I would say, but that is pretty much what the book centers around. If you enjoy novels that deal with violence against women who know how to protect themselves you might just consider reading this.
 
So since you already know I loved the book, let me tell you exactly what it is that got me hooked. First of, the story takes place in Sweden, (a country that never interested me) it centers around two main characters, Mikael Blomkovist is a financial journalist who is on the brink of having his professional life destroyed until an unexpected offer to turn his reputation around is presented. But he must first research a mysterious disappearance of a girl that happened forty years ago. Then he can get his revenge. To help him along, he hires an investigator, Lisabeth Salander (the goth girl), an anti social freak. She is a troubled girl, at lest that’s what the state thinks, as well as her guardian, who also tries to teach her a lesson, and the only lesson there is, is you don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. She is a bad ass, and if I liked her, you will too.
This book is a crime/drama/mystery, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on edge and keep you reading through the night. You never know what’s around the corner, or on your porch one morning. I think it’s more directed towards women, since it has a strong female character, but that should not make any difference, Salander is tough, and not just because she is a girl. I would definitely recommend this book to men as well.

It is well written, by no means a work of art, but it’s a good fun read, you don’t have to do much thinking, the story pretty much does that for you, your just have to read the text.