Quantcast

#216 ~ The Girl Who Played with Fire

Cover of The Girl Who Played with Fire

The  Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

When we last left Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, one of my favorite novels of 2009, they were on the outs.  When The Girl Who Played with Fire, Mikael didn’t understand why and Lisbeth has been spending time out of Sweden, especially in the Carribean.  Although they continue to think of each other, they both move on with their lives.  Mikael is involved in a large project at Millenium, which is focused on shedding life on the ugly underground world of sex trafficking.  Lisbeth, finally back in Sweden, has decided to get used to the money at her dispense.  She’s bought a beautiful condo and, after rekindling her mainly sexual relationship with Miriam Wu, she lets her stay in her old flat so that she can continue to receive mail at her old address.  It isn’t long, however, before circumstances surrounding the brutal murders of Nils Bjurman, Salandar’s corrupt legal guardian, and two of the people working with Blomkvist on the trafficking story make it impossible for the two to avoid each other.

This novel picks up the intensity of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and never lets it go.  Lisbeth is an immediate target and is branded as a “psychotic lesbian SM satanist.”  Safe for a while in her new posh condo, she is forced out of hiding and into action when Miriam, living in her old apartment, is caught in the crossfire.  All of Sweden believes that Lisbeth is a serial killer except Mikael.  Given Lisbeth’s path and “all the evil” she has experienced, the reader is also kept guessing about so much.  It was another excellent novel to listen to on audio for all of these reasons.  Simon Vance is once against a consummate narrator, making the murders, the chase, and Lisbeth’s past come to life.

I loved this novel.  Lisbeth, breast implants and all, is such a complex and strong character.  She deals with hardship as it comes along and refuses to be mastered by it.  I love how her abusive childhood and all it entailed was translated from the Swedish to “all the evil.”  Such a simple phrase, but it conveys her situation to perfection.  With this second installment, I continue to be as entranced by Stieg Larsson’s Milleium trilogy.  I cannot wait until Reg Keeland’s English translation of the last book in the series is available in the United States next year.  The only thing stopping me from buying a copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest from overseas is the fact that I want to finish the series with Simon Vance.  This is a series I know I will revisit over the years, wondering what would have happened to Lisbeth and Mikael had Stieg Larsson lived long enough to finish this project, which was meant to continue on past the first three novels.

Other Voices:

Redlady’s Reading Room
S. Krishna’s Books
MYSTERIES in PARADISE
Crime Scraps
Reactions to Reading
Bailey’s and Books
Confessions of a Bibliophile ~ I had a great time talking to you about these books at lunch!

++++

With this review, I’ve finally posted about all of the books I read to complete my first R.I.P. challenge.  Thanks so much for the hosting this really fun challenge, Carl!

rip4150

*****

I purchased the audio version of this book using my monthly credit from Audiobooks.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

14 Comments

  • At 2009.12.05 20:18, Kathy R (Bermudaonion) said:

    I feel so behind – I haven’t even read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yet. It’s good to know the series continues to be good, though.

    Read more from Kathy R (Bermudaonion)

    Wondrous Words Wednesday

    Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the butto[…]

    • At 2009.12.05 23:48, Rhapsodyinbooks said:

      I forgot about the breast implants – LOL!

      Read more from Rhapsodyinbooks

      Review of “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok

      I loved this story about 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her “Ma” who came from Hong Kong to Brooklyn in search of a better life. Kim’s wealthy Aunt Paula paid for their passage to America, and s[…]

      • At 2009.12.06 00:55, Sandy said:

        I am on the infernal waiting list for this audio at my library, and I cannot wait. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was by far the best crime novel of 2009, made into a masterpiece with Vance’s narration. Lisbeth is such an enigmatic character, with her keen intellect, bi-sexual tendencies and baggage from the past. I can’t remember any character that did a better job at capturing my heart and mind. I had to giggle at “all the evil”. That phrase says it all!!!!!

        • At 2009.12.06 02:39, Veens said:

          I am so glad you enjoyed it. This one was my fav read of 2009 as well. I am actually waiting fr the 3rd installment to come in paperback 🙂
          I really like the way you talk about Lisbeth, I agree with it too.

          Great review as always!

          Read more from Veens

          An Absolutely Awesome Giveaway!

          6th Blogiversary Giveaway – Montessori Print Shop Deluxe CD Rom Collection (ARV $900)!!! at Living Montessori Now! Click the Link and Enter – http://livingmontessorinow.com/2016/04/05/6th-blo[…]

          • At 2009.12.06 12:19, softdrink said:

            I’m reading this right now. Well, not this very second, but you know what I mean. 😀

            Lisbeth has just returned from Granada, so it’s still early in the book.

            • At 2009.12.06 22:53, Ti said:

              I did not like this one as much as the first. The 3rd one is available from The Book Depository but I haven’t gotten it yet.

              I think my problem with this one is that Lisbeth wasn’t in a big chunk of it. When she came back into the story it picked up again.

              Read more from Ti

              Review: The Lonely Hearts Hotel

              The Lonely Hearts Hotel By Heather O’Neill Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9780735213739, February 7, 2017, 400pp. The Short of It: Something magical lurks within these characters but they can&#8217[…]

              • At 2009.12.07 12:21, Jen - Devourer of Books said:

                Like Kathy I still haven’t started this series. I actually have a copy of the first book (courtesy of BookMooch, I think), but after you raved about the narrator so much, I may explore these in audio.

                Read more from Jen – Devourer of Books

                Linny’s Sweet Dreams List by Susan Schild

                HEY THERE. LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK!
                Linny’s Sweet Dream List was one of the very first queries I got when started agenting. The writing sample had voice coming out its ears so I requested th[…]

                • At 2009.12.07 17:44, carol said:

                  This one was sitting on my shelf, screaming for me to read it, but it got put away when Christmas decorations came out. So, I guess I’ll have to wait til January.

                  Read more from carol

                  Readers’ Workouts – 3/28

                  I made my step goal for the week thanks to some nice weather.

                  This week:
                  Tuesday – Walk with the dog, elliptical
                  Thursday – Walk with the dog
                  Friday – Walk with the dog, elliptic[…]

                  • At 2009.12.07 20:01, Lisa said:

                    I just recently picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I am readdy looking forward to it – now I’ve got another to look for! Thanks for the review.

                    Read more from Lisa

                    First Words

                    “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”
                    The Old Man and The Sea
                    Ernest Hemmingway
                    Copyright © 20[…]

                    • At 2009.12.08 11:44, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

                      I still haven’t read either of these books, but I think my subconscious is making me wait until I have the 3rd book in the series before I read them

                      Read more from Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

                      Caroline by Sue Barr

                      Source: the author Ebook, 204 pgs. I am an Amazon Affiliate Caroline by Sue Barr, view her guest post, explores Caroline Bingley from a different perspective, following Mr. Darcy’s proposal to E[…]

                      • At 2009.12.08 12:13, S. Krishna said:

                        I cannot WAIT for the last book in the series – but I’m so sad it’s the last book!

                        • […] The Girl who Played with Fire […]

                          • […] Confessions of a Bibliophile, Crime Scraps, Fleur Fisher Reads, A Garden Carried in the Pocket, The Literate Housewife Review, Mysteries in Paradise, Reactions to Reading, Redlady’s Reading Room, Rhapsody in Books […]

                            • […] The Literate Housewife Review […]

                              (Required)
                              (Required, will not be published)

                              %d bloggers like this: