If you liked the first book you’ll love this one. It has a fast pace, great characters and a plot that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. This too is a crime novel, like the first book, following a murder investigation where Lisbeth Salander is the prime suspect.I have to use the same words I used for the first part to describe this book, ‘it’s superb!’.
This is the second part of the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The events take place two years after that of the first book. The main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are joined by some of the characters from the first book and some new characters. The novel starts with Millennium agreeing to publish a book as well as an article by Dag Svensson, a journalist who is writing an exposé on the Swedish sex trade. In his book Svensson plans to name journalists, policemen, judges among others in high office who abuse underage girls. He also comes across a name “Zala” while doing research for his book. Zala remains as an invisible character for most part of the book; every criminal seems to know his name and are terrified of him yet no one can find.
Svensson and his girlfriend are murdered along with Nils Bjurman(attorney and Salander’s current guardian). Lisbeth is accused to be the murderer. Blomkvist believes that she is innocent and tries to prove it, although he can’t find her anywhere. The story follows the three separate investigations being carried out – by the police, by Blomkvist and by Lisbeth. There are surprises waiting which you won’t expect and there are enough twists to keep you guessing about what might happen.
The first few chapters are a little slow compared to the rest but just keep on reading because the rest of the novel more than makes up for it. The book has more about Lisbeth compared to the first one and there are secrets that will blow your mind! Lisbeth is the best fictional character ever. I found a quote in the book about her that gives a good picture of her character – “Her attitude to the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun”. I’m also thinking of giving the Swedish movies a try; I don’t have the patience to wait till December for the English version. Now that I know the plot maybe the subtitles won’t be that irritating.
I loved this book. Can’t wait to read the next one! 🙂