“The Girl Who Played With Fire” By Stieg Larsson

I just put down Larsson’s second book in his trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back again in another thriller that has to do with brutality against women. This time, the woman being hunted is Salander herself.

I loved The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but I found parts of it to be extremely slow moving, at the beginning and at the end of the novel. What I really enjoyed about this novel is that, although it starts slowly, once the action starts, it doesn’t stop. It actually ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. I also really enjoyed the fact that the audience is kept almost completely in the dark. As you read, you learn more and more about what’s happening at about the same time the police, Blomkvist, and Armansky do.

So now let me tell you a bit about the plot. This novel exploits the sex trade in Sweden. Actually, Blomvist and his team are working on exposing the “johns,” as they’re referred to, who bring 12-, 13-, 14-year-old girls from around the world to Sweden and offer them money. In exchange, they’re raped, tortured, and forced into a life of drugs and alcohol. While working on a book about the police officers, judges, and men in power who are involved in Sweden’s sex trade, one of Blomkvist’s reporters is killed and the blame is put on Salander.

Throughout Larsson’s second book in the trilogy, readers are given a lot more information on Salander. She is no longer a closed book. Instead, all her secrets are brought to light as she fights to stay hidden and stay alive with a little bit of Blomkvist’s help, of course.

I’m a big fan of Salander. I like that she is different from other characters that I’ve read in the past and I like that she’s unapologetic for her actions. She appears to be completely insane, but once you get to know her a little better, as Blomkvist puts it, “she’s probably smarter than both you and me combined.”

So pick up a copy of The Girl Who Played With Fire and give it a try. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

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