The Girl Who Played with Fire Review

April 13, 2012 Reviews 2 ★★★★

The Girl Who Played with Fire ReviewThe Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
Series: Millennium #1
Published by Knopf on July 29, 2009
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 660
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I thought…

  • This doesn’t happen very often, and when people told me about it, I did not believe them.  How could book 2 in a trilogy be better than book 1?  That’s not how trilogies work.  Trilogies work like this: book 1 > book 3 > book 2.  In many trilogies book 2 is almost forgettable, just stepping stone to get from 1 to 3.  Well, the people were right The Girl Who Played with Fire is better than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • There is a lot of stuff in the beginning of this book that did not really matter in the end (the first 200 pages were almost as bad as the first book).  The book could have easily been cut down to 400 pages I would have liked it just the same, perhaps more because I wouldn’t have to trudge through the beginning.  The Girl who Played with Fire was less disturbing than the first book (it’s still not a light and fluffy subject, I just think it’s less graphic).
  • I loved Lisbeth even more in this one than the last.  You find out so much more about her as a person now, and you find out what “all the evil” is.  “All the evil” wasn’t quite what I was expecting it to be, but that was a good thing.  Lisbeth is such an amazingly complex yet simple character.
  • This mystery is much more personal to Lisbeth as well as Blomkvist.  I enjoyed watching it unravel.  Lisbeth and Blomkvist don’t’ have a lot of personal  To say anything else would be considered a spoiler, but that’s why I liked this book better than the first.
  • You get to know a few characters better that you only briefly meet in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I hope they reappear in the next book as well.  Every character is pretty well written and enjoyable.
Overall this was an excellent book, even if it did drag on in the beginning.  Reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo first is a must.



2 Responses to “The Girl Who Played with Fire Review”

  1. fakesteph

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. I keep meaning to read the first book and get into this series, but knowing the first 200 pages will drag keeps holding me back. For someone who mainly reads YA… 200 pages is practically a complete book! Eventually, I will drag myself into the series. I think that I will really like it and now I’m curious to see if the second book is better than the first, becuase you’re right, that never happens.

  2. Bittner

    I read the first book, but I have never really felt the desire to continue on with the series. Especially if the beginning is slow! Books with more then 400 pages are so overwhelming to me and to go into it knowing the beginning is going to be slow…I just don’t think I can do it!

    But I am also, very glad that you enjoyed it!