This book has some merits, but it took all my patience to get through it. There was about 100 pages in the middle that I found myself actually very interested, but the rest was quite tiresome. To be fair, I am not a fan of the mystery genre, but I actually didn't know this was a mystery until I began reading it. I'd just heard all the hype and figured it was a must read. It's not. The original Swedish title for this book is Men Who Hate Women, and while that's not a very good title, it's more appropriate than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth is an interesting character and has a big role to play, but the book isn't really about her. Which is disappointing. The Swedish family in this story is also interesting, and pretty much the only reason I kept reading this book. However, I was disappointed with how it turned out. Maybe it was all the hype, but I was expecting something much more unusual than what actually happened. I don't know how things are in Sweden, but in North America we are so addicted to crazy crime stories on television, movies and books that nothing can really shock me anymore. So the "whodunit" of this book was a real let down. So, I'll give this book 3 stars for its interesting bits, but overall I have to say I was very disappointed.