Book Review of “The Girl Who Played With Fire” By Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire

By Stieg Larsson

 

This is the second in the late Steig Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy. This fast paced multi-layered thriller follows “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and is equally gripping as its first part.

Lisbeth Salander’s character keeps getting more and more interesting with the passage of time. She comes across as a strong, smart, tattooed, (bisexual) powerhouse, genius of a girl afflicted with Asperger’s syndrome, but great in hacking skills.

The story revolves around sex trade, scandals, corrupt cops, abusive authority, and insensitive media, (all in Sweden). Salander is the prime suspect in the murder cases and it’s not just the police that want her. The bad guys are on her trail too. Lisbeth refuses to bow down to the evil and wrong doers and is more than determined to find the truth and the link between the murders. Oh, and the way she eludes the paths of the criminals is spell bounding.

The other characters include: Mikael Blomqvist, the heroic investigative journalist (and publisher of Millenium magazine) who believes that Lisbeth is innocent and is all set to help her uncover the criminals; Erika Berger, the fearless editor; Nils Bjurman, the evil local guardian (found murdered in his apartment); a cadre of nasty social-service doctors and psychiatrists; rogue cops; members of a Hells-Angels-like motorcycle gang; and a shadowy figure Zala.

Most of the events turn out to be related to Lisbeth’s past bringing in the stunning climax, which coax the reader to complete the trilogy by picking up the next one – “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest”.

The tale has a strong plot and a beautiful setting. The rich detailing of characters and the sub plots makes it an intense read. Much worthy of being a “bestseller”.

 

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