Author: Stieg Larsson
Series: Millennium Trilogy #2
This story is the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which I reviewed here. In this book, Blomkvist decides to use his magazine, the Millenium, not only to expose corrupt financial leaders, but this time to expose an extensive web of officials involved in a sex trafficking scandal. However, right before the magazine planned to publish this controversial exposé, the two journalists working with the Millenium on the issue are found dead in their apartment. The police arrive at the scene and find the murder weapon — with Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints on it. The police are initially confident of her guilt and issue a nationwide search for Lisbeth, but she uses her cunning resources to disappear into hiding. Blomkvist refuses to believe Lisbeth might be guilty and tries to defend her innocence by doing some detective work of his own and searching for the real killer. The story gets more complex the deeper Blomkvist digs and the book leaves off with a shocking cliffhanger.
Lisbeth plays a larger role in this novel than her character in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. She mainly lingers in the background for the first half of the book, but we learn a lot about her childhood and background from other sources. This novel goes into detail about Lisbeth’s family and shows that her reasons for being so abnormal are very complex. Finally, we learn about what Lisbeth refers to as “All The Evil” that caused her to be committed to a psychiatric ward when she was 12.
I liked this book more than the first. The characters, especially Lisbeth, became much more complex and it was very interesting to learn more about her background. The story is also more compelling since the case directly relates to Lisbeth’s character and makes you anxious to find out more. Blomkvist’s character irritates me a bit sometimes though. He is often selfish and egotistic. Although he has very good hunches and follows them through, he survives off of sheer luck and is careless. Also, he has yet to have a serious friendship with a woman without having sex with her, which bothers me.
While some parts were very thrilling, there was no overall “pull” of the book that kept me reading throughout it. It took me a while to finish because I had no regrets about setting it down and not picking it up for a while. Even though I enjoyed the story and wanted to find out what happened, I never was so interested that I had to keep reading.
If you do decide to read this book, make sure you have the next in the series – The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest – nearby. This book leaves off on a huge cliffhanger and I ended up rushing to Walmart to buy the next in the series to find out what happened. Once I finish The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest I’ll be posting a review here as well.
Check out my review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo here.
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