Author: Stieg Larsson
Publisher: Vintage Crime, Division of Random House (US)
My rate: 3 stars.
This is the second part of Millenium Trilogy from Stieg Larsson. If you want to know my review on the first part, click here. If you haven't read the first part, I suggest to stay away from this review because it'll be spoiler. You have been warned >.>
So, we meet again with our heroine, Lisbeth Salander. After 'stealing' Wennerstrom's money and heartbroken, she decide to leave Sweden and travel around the world. She had her own adventure when she was in Granada; meanwhile Blomkvist - who keep trying to contact Salander - got involved with an investigation of sex-trafficking along with his colleagues in Millennium. When Salander return, she discovered that the investigation linked to her past. In the middle of investigation, brutal murders occurs and Salander was accused as the culprit. Blomkvist was trying to prove her innocence and captures the real culprit and got tangled in the whole mess.
Well, I gave this 3 stars, half star lower than the first book. The reason is simple, Lisbeth - although still awesome - not as different as she was in first book. She's gone soft and a bit girly - concern about her appearance. And the 1/3 first part of the book was basically useless, imo. Especially the part when Salander out of Sweden because it didn't linked with the main focus of the story. Either Larsson using it as a foundation for the 3rd book or he running out of idea what Salander should do why Blomkvist busy with Millennium and looking for her.
Personally I like the first book more than this one, the strong point on this book was that we get an information about Salander's dark past and why as an adult she still needs guardian.