So, I’ve finally got around to writing this review. The reason I have been putting it off is because I have been busy immersed in The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. I often find myself getting excited about the next book before properly signing off on the one that I’ve just read. #bookwormproblems
Anyway, I was excited about picking up the second instalment in The Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson, after having read the first book in the summer (I can’t believe it’s been so long!). I was quite relieved when the author was generous enough to clarify and briefly summarize some of the main happenings from the previous adventure that Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander have endured. Quite honestly, I forgot some of the finer details.
Despite being grateful for his synopsis I was a little peeved at how slowly the book started off. I’d say the first 100 pages we follow Salander in the Caribbean not really doing much at all. Then I thought, surely whatever happens here must prove significant in later events but I did not find that to be true. Only after I read the book did I sort of look back at the beginning and found some peace in just getting to know Salander better. Perhaps this was Stieg Larsson’s purpose, helping us understand Salander a bit more. I found the first book to be more focused on Mikael, but in this one we definitely learn about Lisbeth’s history, so perhaps that was his intention.
After a rather slow beginning to the book, the real action starts. After a couple of Mikael’s friend’s get murdered (don’t want to spoil it for those who have not read this book so I won’t reveal their names), many questions pop up instantly. Who murdered them? Why would they want them dead? Could this have been prevented? Why were Lisbeth’s fingerprints all over the gun that killed them? The rest of the book we journey through the multiple scenarios and possible murder suspects.
Just like before, Larsson is not afraid to dwell into the dark side of Sweden’s political, judicial and police force. More interesting for me, is that we finally learn about Lisbeth’s haunted past including “when all the evil happened”. Once the murder occurred I could not put the book down. There were just too many questions left unanswered for me to stop reading. And nothing, absolutely nothing, prepared me for the ending. Once again, I am left waiting to get my hands on the last book in the series. I will not wait as long as I have done before!
Verdict: Loved following around a strong female character, turned into a really addictive read after the first 100 pages and really enjoyed his writing style. The only reason why I gave it a 4 is because of the slow first 100 pages!
Did you get into the Millennium series yet?