POLICE HUNT PSYCHOTIC MASS MURDERER LISBETH SALANDER
BOOK #: 59
RATING: 4 Stars
CHALLENGES: TwentyTen, A to Z Challenge, 100+ in 2010
GENRE: Crime Thriller
PUBLISHER: Vintage Books of Random House
The second installment in Larsson's trilogy featuring Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist was stirring and full of intrigue.
The plot was riveting. I loved that Salander was the prime suspect in a triple homicide and I liked the sex trafficking ring component as well, although it didn't go into that as much as I thought it would. I also liked that the characters taken from the first book were consistent in their personalities in the second book.
I found myself wishing I had drawn up an outline of character names and places by the time I got halfway through the book. There were a lot of key players in this book and Larsson switched back and forth from first names to last names, adding to my confusion. That was probably my main problem with the book. I think I am going to have to do it anyway so that when I go to read the third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, I won't be lost. That and the whole bizarre mathematics part of the book. I could have done without that and it didn't add anything to the story. A simple "Salander likes to solve complicated mathematical puzzles" would have sufficed.
Larsson had a talent for throwing the reader off guard, though. Just when you think it is getting predictable, he throws a major surprise at you.
I think I enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo better, but I still liked this book and I look forward to finding out how all of this ends in the next book. I also can't wait to catch the movie for this book, which may help me in keeping all the characters straight, too.