‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ by Steig Larsson – Review (Book)

Having read and enjoying the first novel in the Millennium Trilogy, ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,’ I was excited to see how the story developed.

The first novel had a very slow start, with a detailed back story and the second book follows a similar formula – although there is certainly more action in the opening chapters.

The story picks up after the last book, with the Wennerström affair closed and Millennium Magazine enjoying the boost the story has given them.

Mikael Blomkvist is approached by a young journalist and his girlfriend who, between them, have dirt to dish on Sweden’s rampant sex trafficking trade.

Blomkvist and Erika Berger (editor in chief of Millennium) decide to publish a book on their findings and run a magazine edition around it.

Meanwhile Lisbeth Salander is globetrotting around various far flung countries, all the while working through mathematical problems for fun.

It isn’t long before Salander is back in Sweden and when a shocking event takes place involving the journalist and his girlfriend things really do kick off.

Once again Larsson excels in storytelling and characterisation. The ground work he lays in the opening of the book that comes to fruition further down the line is similar to the last novel but I found ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ to have a little more punch.

Perhaps that is also, in part, down to the fact I’m a lot more familiar and have more invested in the characters.

Although these books are hard hitting, taking on some dark, disturbing issues head on, I would recommend anyone to read them. While both can be tough to begin with (moreso the first in my opinion) you won’t regret investing in them.

This book improves on what was a fantastic story – I wasn’t sure if the series could get better but in the end I couldn’t put this down and by the end I was totally enveloped. I can’t wait to read the final instalment.

Rating: 10/10

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