- Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire
- Author: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)
- Series: Millennium #2
- Genre: Mystery, Thriller
- Format: Paperback
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewer: Soo
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: 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.
Review: Of the three books in this trilogy, I enjoyed this one the most. I feel that the majority of the build up and movement towards the conclusion of the series was wrapped up well in the middle volume. This book was more active and engaging for me. The first book was a long, winded buildup of the characters, backgrounds, a part of the mystery and environments. The last book is mostly a recap of events that leads towards the conclusion. In terms of overall enjoyment, I really enjoyed this book because there is a nice balance of character development and plot movement.
It’s astonishing to me how popular this series is all over the world. The basic premise behind Salander is a horrifying past that has scarred her forever and marks all her actions in the future. There’s a no holds bar vision of what happened to her and her apt yet barbaric revenge. The other half of the series deals with corrupt, international business shenanigans that caused the leads which Blomkvist follow despite the dangers he face. I wouldn’t have thought such a premise would come about with such a large following but it has. If a friend had asked me if I would be interested in reading a story about a rape victim and corporate espionage, I don’t think I would have said yes.
I read the series because of the impact it made on a good friend of mine. While the book is not something I would have picked up on my own, I did enjoy exploring the world and characters that held a steady fan base all over the world. Kudos to Reg Keeland for writing a great translation of an interesting novel.
Are you looking for startling characters that grab your attention? Need a little mystery to sink your teeth into? You’ve come to the right place! Settle in and take a look into the Millennium Series.