Anybody who has read any of the three volumes produced by Stieg Larsson, especially The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, can’t help but go on and on about the author. Chances are, the book is still reverberating in your head, such might be the Wow feeling you might be going through. The book does have its shortcomings, especially the lengthy introduction which talks about the business politics nexus, but other than that – it has you hooked.
The translation also distracts you at many places, along with the wide scope of the narrative, which affects the pace of the story. The way sexual violence has been depicted is also disconcerting, though the second volume is largely free of these shortcomings. While reading the second volume, you might need the first book in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so that you may understand what’s going on in the story. Mikael Blomkvist is a disgraced journalist who uncovers state secrets that betray the Swedish democracy with Lisbeth Salander.
When the author tells you about a 13-year old girl being fastened with a bed, he does not reveal her identity, you can only guess she is Lisbeth Salander. She is trapped by someone, but the mystery is not revealed till much later in the novel. The grown up heroine of the series makes her appearance in a most stylish manner as she has inherited a large sum of money after the conclusion of the first novel.
It’s the Turn of Emotional Abuse
She is feeling jealous due to the sensual nature of Mikael Blomkvist, and she is refusing to even take his calls. She enters into a relationship with a youth (local young man, in fact), but danger is lurking nearby. When she returns to Sweden, she enters into a physical relationship with her girlfriend, who gets the keys to her flat also. At the same time, Lisbeth also has her private world (a flat registered in a secret name). Her enemies are still waiting, but she is in no mood to take any prisoners, either.