February 10, 2011

Review : The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Title : The Girl who Played with Fire
Author : Stieg Larsson
Reading Dates : 12 Jan - 15 Jan 2011
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy)
The books in the series :
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Girl who Played with Fire
  • The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
From goodreads :
Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposeƩ on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander's innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

Book Review of The Girl Who Played with Fire.
Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, my complaints regarding the second book is the same. The book starts too slowly and seems filled with plenty of inconsequential details until the actual murder investigations starts up.

However, I loved how we are given different perspectives into the murder investigation and how the pieces are eventually tied together. The case was made more interesting because I couldn’t be sure if Salander did or did not commit the crime in question. Like Blomkvist, I wanted her to be innocent but I was also well aware that Salander was quite capable of killing someone. More than half the fun was in watching the mystery surrounding the case and Salander being uncovered bit by bit as well as seeing Salander run circles around everyone else.

The other was the sense of a grave injustice being done and wanting to see the real criminals in the story pay for it. From the time that Salander’s name is made in connection with the case, it was almost as if the main purpose of the official investigation was to find evidence to convict her rather than run the risk that the murderer might be one of their own.

I’m definitely looking forward to reading the final book.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes
  • Who would I recommend this too? Everyone who loves a good mystery.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

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