The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series. I happened to pick it up for my roommate at a library book sale, not planning to read the series myself…but then I was bored, so I did, and I have to say the second book was pretty great.
When a freelance reporter and his girlfriend, a doctoral student, are murdered—apparently because they intend to publish a lengthy story about sex trafficking in Sweden—Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints are found in the apartment and on the murder weapon. Convinced of her innocence, Mikael Blomkvist immediately launches his own investigation. Meanwhile, Salander is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse…and must eventually face the demons in her past.
I have to say I probably liked The Girl Who Played With Fire better than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, mostly because it moved a lot faster. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo took about 200 pages for anything to happen, but The Girl Who Played With Fire was a page-turner from beginning to end. The only problem was that it ended with a HUGE cliffhanger, and I had hoped that, like the first, it would be able to stand pretty much on its own. Oh well. I’m reading the third now, but I’ll talk about that in a separate entry.
I don’t really have too much to say about this book, mostly because I finished it about a week ago and didn’t write about it until now, so my head is already full of other books. I did like it, though, and I’ll probably write an entry about the entire trilogy once I’m done with it.