Posted by: michelle @ books my kids read | October 31, 2009

The Girl who Played with Fire – review

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second installment in what was supposed to be a 12 book series but ultimately only is going to be three since the author passed away while writing them. As with the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I devoured this one and had a hard time putting it down in order to do important things like pick up my child from daycare.

Whereas the first installment took a good 40-50 pages to get into, this one started off with a bang, although it still took a decent portion for the drama to start happening. This book focuses more on Lisbeth Salander who we knew from the first book had a mysterious past that caused her to distrust most poeple.

This book takes off a year after the mystery in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ends and Lisbeth Salander has spent most of the time away from Sweden and out of contact with any of her friends. Back in Sweden, as the synopsis says, Mikael Blomkvist has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. When the two researchers of the piece are murdered, a gun with Salander’s fingerprints is found at the scene and she is immediately a suspect. With her history of violence and a stint in a child psychiatric unit, the police believe she is guilty and don’t search for other suspects. Blomkvist can’t imagine that Salander has committed the crime and leads his own private investigation.

This is a fast paced engaging read. Larsson spins numerous stories into one strong piece. He takes strong social commentary and weaves it into his stories. His main point of view is that he hates men who hate women and that is the basis for the character of Lisbeth Salander as well as a big part of the plots of both books.

The end of this book left me longing to pick up the next one. Too bad I’m going to have to wait until March to do that.


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