Mikael Blomkvist, now the crusading publisher of the magazineMillennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the murders. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.
Wow, the second in the Millenium trilogy did not disappoint and I found that it was much more enticing than the first. The storyline was more action packed with some unsettling ideas about whether our heroes from the previous book were actually killers, namely Salander. I particularly enjoyed learning about the gaps Larsson created in Salander's life as well as her rejection of people.
I liked the idea that Blomkvist wasn't just simply hired like he was in the previous book so it wasn't just the same old thing again like some murder mystery series' He is helping Lisbeth in this book because he wants to which make his revelations something more for the reader to care about rather than a stranger that they've just introduced.
Lisbeth is as firey as ever, with action from the very first chapter (when she's on holiday when you think she should be relaxing) with a married couple next door, the husband is abusive and we find that this scene is important to establish Lisbeth's character and morals in the novel. With the important issue of sex trafficking as this novel's topic it results in danger and murder. Interestingly Lisbeth is missing for most of the novel and we switch between what is happening to her and then Blomkvist. As we might expect Bjurman is back again... but not how we might expect him...
I cannot believe that the story ends with a MASSIVE cliffhanger and now I think back to it I can't believe I didn't read the third one immediately! Can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy, but am really disappointed that theres now only one left! Maybe that's why I didn't... It seems that the third book is a continuation of the first whereas if you wanted you probably could read the first and second as stand alone novels.