When it comes to which books I choose to purchase I pretty much go right off of customer reviews. Unlike movies and video games which I try to keep a keen eye on what is going on, I just don't follow books near as close. However even if I don't follow books as close I would have to try to purposefully avoid seeing that the book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was one of the most popular novels in the past few years. So without reading one review I purchased this book (in audio form) from Audible.com around 6 months ago. Like many books I started it, got bored of it, and decided to come back to it a while later.
For me I need a book that starts off strong and this is one that holds its cards close to its vest until literally the very end. Sure the book gives tidbits of plot away but its not until the back 25% of the novel that things really start to ramp up, and when they do the book is great. My biggest problem was that I really struggled to get into the story. I am not sure if it was the translation from Swedish to English, or whether it was the difference in lifestyles, I just never connected to this book in the way that many people have. Will I go and read the subsequent two novels, possibly, but it probably won't be my first choice.