The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Review of the first book in the Millennium trilogy can be found here
Original title (Swedish) :  
Flickan som lekte med elden.
I read it in Danish (Pigen der legede med ilden). The direct translation is The girl who played with fire.

Mikael Blomkvist is working on a groundbreaking case. The journatlist Dag Svensson and his girlfriend, Mia Bergman, have found incriminating information concerning an extensive sex-trade business between Eastern Europe and Sweden, and many of those involved in the trafficking hold important positions in the Swedish society.
Lisbeth Salander's past is rearing its ugly head and when a brutal murder takes place, she's the prime suspect. It's time for her to settle matters once and for all, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander's paths cross once again.

The story, the crime, has become a personal matter for both Blomkvist and Salander. They and several other characters try to figure out what really happened and Lisbeth can give up any hope of ever living a quiet unnoticed life. It is a very well written book and the characters are well portrayed. Lisbeth Salander seems more human and natural, possible, in this book than in the first, if that's a improvement in her nature or in Larsson's writing I cannot say.

The book is 639 pages long and the actual story, the crime, the main plot doesn't start till page 250 or so, and I found those first 250 pages a bit of a slow read as they were more just additional information about what goes on in the characters' lifes and what not. It is interesting enough and well written, it just didn't really seem to be going anywhere. HOWEVER - like the first book it redeems itself and it got progressively better and faster paced. From page 500 to the end I found it impossible to put the book down, despite having already seen the film and knowing what would happen!

Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2010
Review of the third book in the Millennium trilogy can be found here


  1. hehehe, you should yes :) They are very good.

  2. I don't know why I didn't like 'Perfume', it was very disappointing! I got that he was supposed to be numb to his surroundings, I just didn't either like or dislike him, so didn't really care what happened. Oh well ..


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