The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium 2) by Stieg Larsson
Genre: Mystery – Suspense – Thriller
“Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander. Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun.”
In the second installment of the Millennium Trilogy…Mikael Blomvkist, publisher of Millennium Magazine, has decided to run a story about a very large and twisted sex trafficking ring in Sweden. The day before the story is to be published, the two writers of the article are found murdered in their apartment. When the investigation into the murders begins…a murder weapon is found, along with a very clear set of fingerprints….and those prints belong to Mikael’s friend, Lisbeth Salander. Mikael Blomkvist is immediately convinced of his friend’s innocence and finds himself entwined in the middle of Sweden’s largest and most dangerous prostitution ring in order to help clear Salander’s name. Meanwhile, Salander herself must face the dark and long buried secrets of her past in order to save herself.
“There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility.”
This second book in the series took me a little longer to get through than the first. The beginning was a tad slower moving. And the typical long list of characters, names & places can be tedious at times. I’m still not quite sure how the opening chapters fit into the overall storyline of the rest of the book…other than to more clearly immerse the reader into Lisbeth’s mind frame and character. However, the pace does pick up dramatically not too long into the story…and about 1/2 way through the book, I found myself not wanting to put it down.
Overall…I really loved the continuation of the storyline from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo…while also taking us on a completely different journey. I absolutely enjoyed finally reading about Lisbeth’s past and getting more insight on her and the things she’s experienced that helped to mold who she is today. I’ve heard from a few people who’ve completed the trilogy that Book 2 can and should be seen as the prequel to the finish of the story in Book 3…and that makes total sense to me now that I’ve read this one.
The book ended on a very tense, high suspense note….and I’ll be going right into the third and final installment! If you haven’t yet started this trilogy, I highly suggest it if you are a fan of a suspenseful mystery/thriller.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium 1) – Amazon
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium 2) – Amazon
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest (Millennium 3) – Amazon