The Exposé: Millennium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has made his reputation exposing corrupt establishment figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with an investigation into sex trafficking, Blomkvist cannot resist waging a war on the powerful figures who control this lucrative industry.
The Murder: When a young couple are found dead in their Stockholm apartment, it’s a straightforward job for Inspector Bublanski and his team. The killer left the weapon at the scene – and the fingerprints on the gun point in only one direction.
The Girl Who Played with Fire: Ex-security analyst Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society – but no-one can find her. The only way Salander can be reached is by computer. But she can break into almost any network she chooses…
I read the first in the Millenium trilogy in January after I was given these two books for Christmas. As soon as I read the last page, I knew I’d have to start the follow-up soon. I think I lasted about four weeks before the urge overtook me and I had to read it.
I’m torn on what to say about it, because I really loved it, but had a few issues with it.
I’ll start with the love for it. The story’s great – almost from the first page you get gripped. The whole time I was reading it I was trying to work out one or another thing that was happening. I didn’t succeed. I read the whole 600 odd paged novel in an incredibly quick time because I just had to read more, and more and more.
After 150 pages I realised the main story hadn’t started, but it didn’t matter because I was so gripped with the characters and the sub plots that they alone would have kept me interested.
The characters. I love the characters. Even more so in this one than the first. And I love what happens to them. By the end of the book I was so happy about something that transpired. I know that sounds cryptic, but I don’t want to give away anything.
There’s just a couple of let downs to the book. I sometimes found it hard to follow the characters as they progressed through the novel. I know no Swedish at all, which meant I didn’t know how to pronounce any of the names correctly, so couldn’t make that connection in my mind, also sometimes they were similar. When a couple of characters appeared for the second time, I had to think back, or trace back, to find out who they were. For example there’s Blomvist, Bjurman, Björk and Berger. Maybe it’s just me?
While I was reading the novel, I was also doing a workshop on showing not telling when writing. I found I’d read big passages that I thought were telling not showing. They also seemed to have no significance. I had to keep telling myself it’s to show the state of mind of that character.
These little things weren’t enough to put me off it. Like I said, I did love it and would recommend it to anyone (although I’d definately say read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo first). I honestly can’t say whether I prefer this one or the first one; I truly hope the next one will be as good.