I knocked out book twenty-nine four days ago, but as usual have been a bit slow in posting my review. As with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I will keep my summary of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire brief so that I don’t spoil the surprise for the uninitiated. The second novel in Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy returns us to investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and oddball hacker Lisbeth Salander. When a couple researching a prostitution ring for Blomkvist’s magazine are murdered, Salander is named the prime suspect. A third murder is also tied to her. All of Sweden seems certain that she is guilty, and a widespread manhunt ensues. Blomkvist is certain of his friend’s innocence and launches his own investigation. There is also a shadowy presence lurking over the crimes, known only by the name Zala. As Salander prepares to defend herself, her friends risk everything to save her.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first in the series. The main reason is probably that I knew the big secret of the book before reading it. I had already seen the Swedish version of this film and therefore knew the conclusion. That definitely detracted from the experience. It was enjoyable, but a bit less so as a result of my knowledge. I would still recommend the book, but mostly as preparation for the third installment (which I am almost finished with!).
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I agree. I definitely found the ending to be quite a shock, but I don’t think there was as much suspense built up to it as in Dragon Tattoo. I feel almost as if I was not as invested in this story as I was in the first. I think it was my strange affection toward Henrik that made me keep hoping up until the very end. Fire had the shock, but not the same suspense.
That sums up my opinion nicely. There was certainly drama and tension in both books, but Dragon Tattoo just seemed to keep me holding my breath much more than Girl Who Played With Fire.
Nice Review.. You are right Dragon Tattoo is far better than “The Girl Who Played With Fire” in some sense but still I liked it a lot.
I am glad to see that I am not alone in my opinion. Thanks for commenting!