Once you get into this book, which it does take a good hundred pages to get into, but then it grabs you by the hair and takes you on one wild ride. A surprisingly dark tale of espionage, murder, mystery, crime, and yes, romance. The characters came to life, especially Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. I just fell in love with her, in a motherly sort of way. My only complaint? Seemingly long, useless passages such as an entire page explaining the laptop options available for Salander to purchase after her own was smashed. I didn't really need to know. And some of the explanations of Scandinavian finance were tough to get through, but those were small prices to pay to get to the real heart of the story. I will most likely pick up the next book to see what Salander and Blomkvist are up to.