The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson [TSS]

Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
ISBN: 9780307269980
Pages: 512
Release Date: July 28, 2009
Publisher: Knopf
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 5 out of 5

From the publisher’s website:

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, 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.

But he has no idea just how explosive the story will be until, on the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered. And even more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander—the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker who came to his aid in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and who now becomes the focus and fierce heart of The Girl Who Played with Fire.

As Blomkvist, alone in his belief in Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation of the slayings, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was one of my favorite books of 2008. I thought it was an amazing mystery, extremely well written and impossible to put down. Therefore, I had incredibly high hopes for its sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, which I was lucky enough to receive from the Amazon Vine program. I am thrilled to say that The Girl Who Played with Fire was just as amazing as its predecessor.

Lisbeth Salander really is a mystery woman in the first novel. She has an ambiguous past that was obviously traumatic. Therefore, it was great to delve into her background in The Girl Who Played with Fire. I loved learning more about her. She was definitely the main character in this novel, though once again, much of it featured Mikael Blomkvist more than her.

The mystery in The Girl Who Played with Fire really was expertly done. It kept me guessing – I couldn’t put it down because I was so involved with the story. This book was an amazing ride. It really makes me sad that Larsson passed away after turning in the third book in the Lisbeth Salander trilogy because he really knew the craft of mystery writing inside and out.

I definitely think it is necessary to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo before reading The Girl Who Played with Fire. Though Larsson makes an effort to review the events of the previous novel within this book’s pages, the reader would miss out on a lot of information. Larsson develops Lisbeth Salander’s and Mikael Blomkvist’s characters with expert precision in the first novel’; to dive straight into The Girl Who Played with Fire is to miss getting to know these characters. As a result, I think it would be hard to fully understand the second novel in the series. Plus The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is simply an amazing book that you don’t want to miss!

The Girl Who Played with Fire was an absolutely amazing read. Though the novel is on the longer side, the pages fly by. This is a novel that is impossible to put down – make sure you have some time set aside when you start this book because you will be in it for the long haul. Though I am sad that there is only one more Steig Larsson book forthcoming, I still can’t wait to read the conclusion of the Lisbeth Salander series.

Thank you to the Amazon Vine program for sending me this book to review.

Comments

  1. I definitely agree about the need to read the earlier book before tackling this one. I enjoyed it every bit as much as you did and really envy a friend of mine who has taken them both off on holiday with her. Fancy having both of them to look forward to and the time and space in which to indulge.

  2. I definitely agree about the need to read the earlier book before tackling this one. I enjoyed it every bit as much as you did and really envy a friend of mine who has taken them both off on holiday with her. Fancy having both of them to look forward to and the time and space in which to indulge.

  3. I am really looking forward to the first one. Glad to see that you enjoyed the second one. 🙂

  4. I am really looking forward to the first one. Glad to see that you enjoyed the second one. 🙂

  5. I think I liked the second more than the first. Not to say that the first wasn’t great, just that the second had an energetic buzz that the first didn’t. I definitely agree that it’s imperative for the reader read them in order even though Played with Fire could technically stand alone.

  6. I think I liked the second more than the first. Not to say that the first wasn’t great, just that the second had an energetic buzz that the first didn’t. I definitely agree that it’s imperative for the reader read them in order even though Played with Fire could technically stand alone.

  7. I can’t wait to read this!

  8. I can’t wait to read this!

  9. I still haven’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo even though I got it for Christmas last year. I really need to rectify that.

  10. I still haven’t read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo even though I got it for Christmas last year. I really need to rectify that.

  11. Yikes, I’d better get going on the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve had that on in the house for almost a year!

  12. Yikes, I’d better get going on the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve had that on in the house for almost a year!

  13. I’m reading this now. I’m a huge fan of Larsson’s work. It’s a shame he’s not around to celebrate the success of his books!

  14. I’m reading this now. I’m a huge fan of Larsson’s work. It’s a shame he’s not around to celebrate the success of his books!

  15. Oooh I’m excited to read that this was just as good as the first one. I pre-ordered it a while ago so I’m anxiously awaiting it.

  16. Oooh I’m excited to read that this was just as good as the first one. I pre-ordered it a while ago so I’m anxiously awaiting it.

  17. I still haven’t read Dragon Tattoo, but I’m very glad to see that the you thought this one was also excellent.

  18. I still haven’t read Dragon Tattoo, but I’m very glad to see that the you thought this one was also excellent.

  19. You’ve all got some good reading in store. Then please check out supporteva.com for the story behind the story! –Reg Keeland

  20. You’ve all got some good reading in store. Then please check out supporteva.com for the story behind the story! –Reg Keeland

  21. The last book in this series will be out here in 2 months and I can’t wait…but I will be a little sad too to see the end of Lisbeth

  22. The last book in this series will be out here in 2 months and I can’t wait…but I will be a little sad too to see the end of Lisbeth

  23. Great review! I keep meaning to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, you’ve just bumped it up nearer the top of the pile!

  24. Great review! I keep meaning to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, you’ve just bumped it up nearer the top of the pile!

  25. I still have dragon tattoo on my shelf to read…after reading your review of it…i just had to buy it…but then it still sits. I was tempted to get the net book in the bookstore the other day, but restrained myself…but now, thanks to you, I have to head back to the bookstore and I could read them back-to-back.

  26. I still have dragon tattoo on my shelf to read…after reading your review of it…i just had to buy it…but then it still sits. I was tempted to get the net book in the bookstore the other day, but restrained myself…but now, thanks to you, I have to head back to the bookstore and I could read them back-to-back.

  27. Waiting to get this in from the library. Loved the first one even with its dark side.

  28. Waiting to get this in from the library. Loved the first one even with its dark side.

  29. This just came in the mail the other day. I can’t wait to read it.

  30. This just came in the mail the other day. I can’t wait to read it.

  31. Swapna..courtesy your blog read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and was blown away by the story and writing style [good translation by Reg Keeland]. Am in the midst of reading the second part- Girl who Played with Fire and just cannot let go..have also ordered the third part and will start reading it soon. I love the idea of absolutely grey protagonists and the fact that behind most crimes are very violent reasons. Excellent blog and wonderful for book lovers.

  32. Swapna..courtesy your blog read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and was blown away by the story and writing style [good translation by Reg Keeland]. Am in the midst of reading the second part- Girl who Played with Fire and just cannot let go..have also ordered the third part and will start reading it soon. I love the idea of absolutely grey protagonists and the fact that behind most crimes are very violent reasons. Excellent blog and wonderful for book lovers.

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