While my novel is definitely a hodge-podge of different things, I don’t really see it as a thriller like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. But, having said that, I really want to write a female character that if I manage to do things right will be compared to Lizbeth Salander. But the character I have in mind is older than Salnder, a Latina and maybe a little less unhinged. But she definitely will serve a purpose and help the plot move forward via her interaction with the Hero.
My only fear is that she will come off as a middle-age ma’s sex fantasy.