While I was reading Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ I found myself constantly in a position of setting the book down and saying to myself: “Eww.” This book is not for the faint of heart. There are repulsive graphic scenes the make you cover your eyes (but then you realize your reading a book and not watching a movie, and that the story doesn’t go on unless you keep looking). Larsson attempts to draw our attention towards the horrific occurrences of sexual abuse and violence towards women, and masterfully accomplishes his task by making you feel weak in the knees and warping your mind into thinking you need a bath regardless of your cleanliness.
That being said, Larsson weaves a story with painstaking detail to food, technology, cars and coffee, and cannot be read unless you have a family tree of the characters at your fingertips. But even though the protagonists are not the most likable people to support and cheer for, the addicting mystery will have you turning page after page, even if your stomach squirms with each graphic scene.
On a 5 level book shelf, 5 being the best/highest it goes on shelf number 2.