I really enjoyed the second book in the Millennium trilogy. The storyline is truly gripping and I like the way the plot and the characters develop. I couldn't wait to come home from work to read it, which hasn't happened for a very long time. I was glad to be given more of an insight into Lisbeth Salander's character and background, which explains a lot about her behaviour in the first book of the trilogy. Once again some pretty vicious, ruthless and perverted male characters who could put women off men for good.
My only reservations concern the frequent and often unnecessary details (hence the four stars rather than five) which don't add anything to the story (what type of coffee the characters drink- latte, espresso...who cares?-, what they eat, what kind of hard drive they have on their computer, digressions about equations, etc....). I think it could have done with some ruthless editing as at times it was rather verbose. The style occasionally leaves a lot to be desired but I suspect, like other people have suggested, it might be the translation's fault. Lastly: is it me or there are too many product placements (Ikea, Apple Mac, Billy's pan pizza,etc.)?
Still an awsome thriller and one I would recommend. Roll on first of October when the third book is going to be published (by the way why is the UK so slow in releasing them? In Italy they have all been out in translation for a while).