Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage)

(My review, all my reviews)

Lisbeth Salander, the trilogy's fiesty protaganist, is back, but not before she gets involved in straightening things out with a would-be wife-murderer. She makes her way back in Sweden, but finds herself at the scene and implicated in a triple murder, sort of on the run, and looking to seek out and settle scores with her antagonists. Blomkvist and Aramansky do not believe her to be guilty, and try to dig into the mess. We learn a lot more about Salander, her family, her background, and "All that evil" that happened in Salander's life when she was not even a teenager. There are several more characters in this plot than were in the first book, and it is not immediately clear what specific purpose they serve. However, the author takes pains to etch out each character with some detail, so that does make for interesting reading.

The book's first half is slower than the second. The plot moves but slowly, and at times you start wondering whether this second book is going to be anywhere as good to the first one. The second half picks up, and things start to happen fast. There are not as many surprises or completely unforeseen twists in this book as the first one, except maybe one.

This second book also takes aim at the underbelly of Sweden's society, and the cesspool of flesh trade that carries on, and it is not pleasant.

The ending of the second book sets up the third one very nicely. I can't wait to pick up the third book in the series. 

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