George V. Reilly

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire
Title: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Vintage
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 630
Keywords: mystery
Reading period: 29 August, 2010

Sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Mikael Blomkvist’s Millennium magazine is about to publish an exposé of sex traf­fick­ing in Sweden, when the two re­searchers are gunned down. Lisabeth Salendar’s prints are on the gun and she im­me­di­ate­ly becomes the most wanted woman in Sweden—but it’s not so easy to catch her. We learn a great deal about Salander’s traumatic past by the end of the book.

While the book is en­thralling—I read it in less than a day—it’s not especially well-written. The plot is often ludicrous, relying heavily on improbable co­in­ci­dences, and the characters can be im­plau­si­ble. Even so, I scarcely put the book down until I finished it.

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