Book Review – The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson


The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Publisher: MacLehose Press – 2009

Genre: Fiction/Crime

ISBN: 978-1-906694-18-0

The Blurb

The Expose’

Millenium publisher Mikael Blomkvist has made his reputation exposing corrupt establishment figures.  So when a young journalist approaches him with an investigation into sex trafficking, Blomkvist cannot resist waging war on the powerful figures who control this lucrative industry.

The Murder

When a young couple are found dead in their Stockholm apartment, it’s a straightforward job for Inspector Bublanski and his team.  The killer left the weapon at the scene – and the fingerprints on the gun point in only one direction.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Ex-security analyst Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder.  Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society – but no-one can find her.  The only way Salander can be reached is by computer.   But she can break into almost any network she chooses…

My Review

This is another good book in the Millenium Trilogy.  Lisbeth Salander’s character develops further in this 2nd installment and the plot is as good as the first.

Again I felt that the beginning was rather slow but the pace and interest picked up and became excellent as the book progressed.

There are some nice twists in the storyline and the character development of all the familiar character’s from book one was good although my favourite character is definitely Lisbeth.

I worked out fairly early on what Lisbeth’s particular condition was as I have a son with the same condition although I hope that he never goes through the traumas that the character goes through.

Her back story is explored in much more depth in this book and makes her a much more 3 dimensional character, the horrors she lives through are enough to make anybody go mad but with her added disability you wonder how she could have coped.

The sadistic personalities make this an uncomfortable read sometimes but there are such people in the world so it just adds to the believability of the plot.

I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the third book in the trilogy to find out the conclusion of events.

I give this book 4/5 stars – I really liked it but I would like the books to jump straight in as the build up is too slow for my liking.


~ by adelesymonds on August 7, 2012.

4 Responses to “Book Review – The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson”

  1. I was very reluctant to purchase this book based on the negative reviews, but a book that gets this much hype must be read despite reviews both positive and negative. I actually enjoyed the book.

  2. I read them all, the full trilogy and I was facinated from the beginning.

  3. By far the best books I’ve ever read. The books have made me happy, worried, a bit sad and most of all, the book’s given me goosebumps. 100% Recommend.

  4. I can’t say enough about these books. Stieg was a fantastic story teller.

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