Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
Release Date: July 28, 2009
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.