Fans of intelligent page-turners will be more than satisfied by Larsson’s second thriller, even though it falls short of the high standard set by its predecessor, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which introduced crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and punk hacker savant Lisbeth Salander. A few weeks before Dag Svensson, a freelance journalist, plans to publish a story that exposes important people involved in Sweden’s sex trafficking business based on research conducted by his girlfriend, Mia Johansson, a criminologist and gender studies scholar, the couple are shot to death in their Stockholm apartment. Salander, who has a history of violent tendencies, becomes the prime suspect after the police find her fingerprints on the murder weapon. While Blomkvist strives to clear Salander of the crime, some far-fetched twists help ensure her survival. Powerful prose and intriguing lead characters will carry most readers along. (Aug.)
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This trilogy keeps getting better and better! I love the first book and thought that Larsson wrote the characters brilliantly. With this book, he didn’t hesitate on giving twists that will make you dig deeper into the story. What I love most about The Girl Who Played with Fire was that it wasn’t predictable and the ending was just amazing. I thought the story was great in the first few chapters but going further comes the twists and story became explosive. This is a great read especially for people like me who loves a good mystery and suspense story.
Similar to my last comment on the review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, it was just hard to remember the terms and keep track of the names since it is so foreign. I don’t even know what Folken means. I keep on forgetting who was who and sometimes I tend to get lost in the story and flow because of this but I in the end I still managed. Another concern was the ending. It maybe the second in the series and the story may have been as complete as it can be but I felt it was a little abrupt BUT the ending was also the reason that got me excited to read the last book immediately. Good thing I have that handy.
I am certainly recommending this book to those who haven’t read it yet. If you happen to have this in your TBR pile, bump it up and start reading it. Definitely worth it!
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