Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE by Stieg Larsson

Publisher Quercus
Length 569 pages
Format softcover
Published 2009
Series Millennium #2
My Copy I bought it

My Review
The Girl Who Played With Fire (an apt title if ever there was one, Lisbeth certainly plays with fire in this one, albeit retrospectively) reads more like a traditional crime novel, as apposed to its predecessor, this isn't a bad thing but it does make for repetitive reading at times as a result of the three pronged approach to a triple homicide investigation. 

A couple writing a thesis and book respectively which exposes powerful people across political and police professions of their involvement in illegal sex trafficking and using/abusing underage prostitutes are found dead, the murder weapon seemingly discarded nearby with Lisbeth's prints all over it. Shortly after the macabre discovery, there's another murder, Lisbeth's guardian and former abuser is found gunned down. Three murders all linked to Lisbeth; the police have their chief suspect. However, head of Millennium, Mikael Blomkvist knows Lisbeth is innocent and sets out to complete the work of the murdered couple, hoping to find evidence along the way which will clear Lisbeth's name and bring her out from hiding. 

Author Stieg Larsson explores Lisbeth's childhood and teen years prior to the earlier novel which provided a greater insight into a very unique and interesting character. The past events link to the current day setting beautifully, giving the story more depth than it had on face value. The book also takes into account what transpired in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for added plot devises and context to the murder investigations - this was well written and provided a nice sense of continuity to the Millennium series. 

My rating: 4/5 stars. 

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