‘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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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – Review (Book)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of those books that I’d seen lots of people reading on the train and half dismissed as a mainstream work of fiction that wouldn’t appeal to me (ala The Da Vinci Code).

What a mistake that would’ve been!

This is a book that begins fairly slowly as it sets the scene and then unleashes closely entwined stories upon an unsuspecting reader.

Set in Sweden and telling the story of Mikael Blomkvist, a publisher at Millenium magazine, and Lisbeth Salander, a private investigator, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a great piece of storytelling.

The pacing is superb and Stieg Larsson creates some wonderfully believable characters. Not just the main characters either – the entire supporting cast seems to be very well thought out.

There is plenty going on here alongside the good old fashioned murder mystery. Once this book got going I could not put it down.

It’s uncomfortable in places as it deals with some controversial issues and can be fairly graphic at times. It never seems out of place though and against the rural backdrop most of the book is set in, it makes quite a nice juxtaposition.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is part of a trilogy of books (The Millenium Trilogy) and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the other two books in the series.

Rating 9/10

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