The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo proved to be "unputdownable" for all of us, despite some of the dark scenes. Two of our members had continued on to finish the trilogy, the rest of us decided we needed to catch our breath before diving back in.
Discussion topics included how most of the characters used other people as commodities, who were the real victims, who we thought was the protagonist of the story (Mikael or Lisbeth), and the change in cultural acceptance of tattoos.
We went off on discussion tangents more than once. The disappearance of Kyron Horman and the convoluted events in the case absorbed us, although it's loosely connected to the story in regard to the exploitation of children. We haven't yet discussed how we want to handle these digressions, if at all.
It's nice to get to know the neighbors better. People are so busy with their lives that they only wave at each other in passing. The book club will give us a monthly excuse to gather.
Our next book is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. We decided to go in a different direction with the next book since the suspense was so intense with Larsson's books. It's historical fiction/speculation for our next discussion.