by Stieg Larson
Millennium trilogy; book II
Another mini review for an out-of-usual-genre-book.
Summary (which is honestly longer than my review):
Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government.
But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.
As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
I really liked this one a lot, it was definitely a change of style and pace from most YA novels, it’s very much an on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller novel that is all the rage lately. The plot is again, complex but still comprehendible; I’m happy to say that all the pieces don’t make a sloppy mess.
I’ll say it again, Lisbeth Salander is one kick-ass, dangerous and cool character, her own moral compass is admirable, she can be ruthless, smart, and caring—all just adding to character development. Love her! I wish she and Blomqvist had more scenes together, their relationship is intriguing but Blomqvist is a suitable and very likable lead nevertheless.
9/10 – it’s very close to being amazing, this is such an exhilarating read that is (like the first novel) highly addictive. I couldn’t put it down and the twists and turns kept me engaged. Hugely recommended series for adult readers looking for an action, thriller or mystery novel!