Depth. I am often frustrated by novels over 500 pages, coming away with the feeling that a hundred or more pages could have been edited out without much loss. That was not my experience when I read The Girl Who Played With Fire: I wanted the story to continue. Having been introduced to Lisbeth Salander in the first book of this trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, I was looking forward to her return along with Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl Who Played With Fire. We learn more about Lisbeth in this book, and see her use her prodigious skills to carry out justice. There are plenty of questions remaining, and some of those may be addressed in the next novel. In the meantime, reading The Girl Who Played With Fire satisfies a lot of curiosity, especially about Lisbeth’s past. I read this quickly, enjoyed it thoroughly, and look forward to reading the third book in this trilogy, which was the last book Larsson completed before he died in 2004.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)