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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2) by Stieg Larsson

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 608 Pages.

Published: 09 July 2009 by MacLehose Press

Edition: First Printing

ISBN: 9781906694180

EAN: 9781906694180

In the second book in the Millennium sequence, The Girl Who Played with Fire, Lisbeth's closest ally is the older journalist Mikael Blomqvist, even though she had abruptly ended her emotional relationship with him, and didn't want his help.

Mikael is back in his role as a journalist and, is overseeing the project, by members of his staff, to denounce high ranking sex-trafficking individuals. Two of these are murdered, and forensic evidence points the finger at Lisbeth.

The rest of the book, with several story lines, opens up the proverbial can of worms, and gives an insight into Lisbeth's early life, and why she is what she is.


5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Gripping from the first page

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series but I loved this one a lot more mostly because it was faster paced. I also liked the fact that Lisbeth was at the centre of the book although Blomqvist also features again as do one or two characters from the first book. The book starts as soon as the first one stops and follows both main characters after the events of the first story but also as Lisbeth becomes involved in a new enquiry which implicates her and also reveals her appalling abuse by others and by the state.

Lisbeth is a lone person again in this book and it seems to her, and to the reader judging by what happens here, that every relationship she makes turns sour and everyone she works with wants to use her. Actually, she does have friends but they are kept in the dark and usually suffer for their closeness to her. Nevertheless Lisbeth is astoundingly loyal to those she sees as friends even if she attracts some seriously nasty people who want to exploit her seeming vulnerability.

This is a fast paced crime novel full of action with a few excellent twists. It depends a lot on on us identifying with Blomqvist and not really understanding what Lisbeth is doing and why. even though we follow her actions closely. I do find some of the stuff that Lisbeth can do on computers a bit difficult to believe but I may be just being very naive. The book follows on well from the first one and I would really recommend reading that one first. There are some loose ends left for a third book but the story in this one ties up nicely.

This book is quite gritty. The author doesn't hold back when describing violence or abuse but neither does he refarin from showing the impact of all this on real people's lives. I found it absolutely gripping from the first page and thought it was slightly lighter in tone, maybe more ironic, than the first book. I highly recommend this series for those who like well written and intelligent suspense fiction.

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Bill Stilling

A superb sequel to the story of the girl with the dragon tattoo.

A warning to all those dedicated readers who are fond of reading

the last chapter, or even the last page, of a book DO NOT DO IT


All too often the first sequel to an outstanding book falls flat. It is

either written in a hurry by the original author or by a "Ghost".

 Not in this case. The quality of writing(and translation)

is excellent as are the many plots, subplots and final conclusion.

Because of the absence of "padding" paragraphs, or chapters,

the whole book flows in a continuous text and to uncover details of even the

smallest piece of it, whilst not giving the whole plot away, would

spoil the efforts which the author has put into it. 

As I did for the prequel to this book I would highly recommend it. Now I

am waiting for my source to finish reading the third book and I

look forward to both reading it and reviewing it in due course.

Language ___ Violence XX__ Sex X__ <


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