The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson


The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Quercus (Paperback), 2009

251 Pages

Author’s Website 

This book is part of my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015. The category for this book is ‘a trilogy’.



Millennium 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.


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 to only one direction.


Ex-security analyst Lisbeth Salander is wanted for murder. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behavior 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…


She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame. The harness was tight across her rib cage. Her hands were manacled to the sides of the bed.


I loved The Girl Who Played With Fire. Larsson’s second Millennium novel is even better than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth continues to be one of my favourite fictional characters ever and one of the best I’ve read in recent years. The Girl Who Played With Fire is full of twists and turns and packed with suspense, intrigue and excitement. The plot of this novel is even better than The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth’s character is developed a lot more and we finally get a glimpse beneath her hard-shell. A lot of the questions about her created in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are finally answered and the results are not what I expected at all. I love it when writers make characters so real you want to reach out and touch them. Larsson does that every time in this novel. This novel ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger. I’ve started reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest and can’t wait to see how the trilogy concludes. It’s a pity Larsson died before the Millennium trilogy was published because he could have been one of the best crime writers to emerge in recent years.



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