Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.

This book is the 2nd part of the Millennium Trilogy. It has 569 pages and was written in 2006 and translated into English by Reg Keeland in 2009. You do not need to have read the 1st part of the Millennium Trilogy called The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to enjoy this novel. The Girl Who Played With Fire is a far better read, it is more developed and has a better plot. This is a crime thriller involving murder and conspiracy. A journalist working for Millennium magazine and his girlfriend are murdered and Lisbeth Salander is connected to this tragedy. The story unfolds with plot lines that are plausible and this long tale is well thought out. I developed a real empathy for Lisbeth Salander who is the main character in this novel.

The Girl Who Played With Fire has the same writing style as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, with the same problems of describing trivia to a large extent. This book is easy to read, although Stieg does waffle on and if a character buys a coffee, then the reader really knows about it!

There is nothing in this book to offend anyone. The pace is okay, the ending is dramatic but realistic. Does it deserve all the acclaim it has been given? No! This novel is a satisfactory tale that feeds your reading habit but you take little away from this book. The Girl Who Played With Fire is okay and I will vote it 3 stars on Good Reads, do not buy a copy but if it is passed onto you, then it is worth a read.
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