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I thought this was just as hard to put down as ...Dragon Tattoo but I have to say I was disappointed with the ending. It was too abrupt and really didn't wrap up any loose ends. Now they may all be wrapped up in the final volume, but taking it on it's own, the ending left me disappointed.

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I liked this one even more than the first one. A murder mystery and political thriller all rolled into one! Very well paced, highly recommended!

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Lisbeth Salander is accused of murdering three people. The evidence against her is strong and she decides to go into hiding.
Newspapers are fed information about her past and they print many
negatives about her, making her look like an out of control, sexually deprived mad woman. The tables seem stacked against her but Mikael Blomkvist and a few loyal friends are not swayed by public view.
The magazine "Millenium" was about to publish a story by two of the people murdered. The story was about the abuse of prostitutes in Sweden. It was going to point out who was behind the abuse and provide names of a number of influential people who were involved.
In a strong, plot driven novel, we follow the bashing of Lisbeth, the official investigation and the parallel investigation run by Mikael and his staff at the magazine. Another old friend has some of his employees working with the police. Lisbeth is also working behind the scenes, attempting to clear her name and find the killer.
Lisbeth is one of the finest characters in fiction. The manner in which the author provides her background enables the reader to know more about her and sympathise with her situation. She is a gutsy, relentless and extremely intelligent character. She appears to be bi-polar and her actions are unique.
The plot is complex and there are many characters. Many of the characters have names which are similar, making it confusing to follow, there is Blomkvist, Bjurman, Bublinsky and Berger who is married to Beekman. Other than that, the plot is original, there are nice plot twists and the novel was an enjoyable reading experience.
 

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Review:(08/18/2009, 06:54 PM)
I loved Lisbeth Salander in” The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and am thrilled that she takes center stage in this sequel. She has been traveling the world, so she is a
little savvier, but just as intriguing, complex and irresistible. She is truly a damaged soul, which is part of her charm. Her strong moral character is juxtaposed by her own set of rules concerning what is right or wrong. Layering this on top of her spunky dare devil attitude makes for one fascinating heroine, she steals the show. As with the first book the plot is fast paced, well researched and tight, a page turner with twists and surprises that will leave you wanting more. Compared to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” there is not quite as much mystery and although satisfying the ending does not pack as much punch, but it’s equally as riveting. In addition to complex unique characters, Stieg Larsson also gives us a fantastic thriller full of psychological suspense and insight into Swedish social and political culture. I am sure I am not alone when I say I look forward to the final book in this series and am sorry there will be no more  

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Porque Lisbeth é tão arredia? A infância ao lado da mãe abusada pelo pai espião russo ( Alex Zalachenko), a internação na ala infantil do hosp psiquiatrico, e agora ela é acusada de triplo assassinato. MIckael tentará provar sua inocência, mas Lisbeth não o ajuda em nada. Eletrizante.

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Sarah El Hantes - Goodreads

This book was a lot less intense than the first book of the series, but the story was still captivating. I tried to solve the case as the characters did, but I was still shocked by the ending when it was revealed. Real cliffhanger and I can't wait to read the next book! Read full review

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Augusto Bernardi - Goodreads

As usual, a typical conclusion of this book is that it wasn't as good as the first book. I know I know, cliche remark but lets face it. The mystery in the first book was far more intricate and complex ... Read full review

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

There should have been a better editor for this guy's work. He can go into a two page description about the guests at a dinner party that never matter to the story or even have anything to do with it ... Read full review

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy #2)

User Review  - Goodreads

There should have been a better editor for this guy's work. He can go into a two page description about the guests at a dinner party that never matter to the story or even have anything to do with it ... Read full review

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy #2)

User Review  - John Sloan - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, there was a lot more background story about the main characters in this one, particularly it was more focused on Salander, which was good and i have come to like that character ... Read full review


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