Friday, March 26, 2010

(52) The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Once again, Steig Larsson has hit a homerun. His book The Girl Who Played With Fire was just as good, if not better than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

In The Girl Who Played With Fire we get to meet up with the characters we grew to know intimately in the first book. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Two years have passed since we last saw them. They have gone their separate ways, but become connected again when someone working for Blomkvist is murdered and Salander is the only suspect.

I think I have figured out why I like these books so much, Larsson doesn't just tell us about the characters. He get's in their heads, his character development is far beyond anything I have ever read. I also love how he sets the story up without it seeming forced or rushed.

Larsson once again takes us on an emotional, fast paced ride through Sweden as Blomkvist and Salander try to clear her name without getting themselves killed. I can not think of any other author that writes in a way that literally makes my heart race. His talent is truly one of a kind and I will certainly mourn when I finish the third book in the trilogy, due out in May.


Mary said...

I feel the same as you about Larsson's books. It took me forever to pick up the first one thinking it might be too cerebral. Once I began reading, I couldn't put it down. The second proved even better than the first. I'm also eagerly awaiting the 3rd in the series and will mourn that there will be no more.

You do know there's some mystery surrounding Larsson's own demise?

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Mary, I did some reading on Larsson. Interesting reading. It seems as if he was a little like Blomkvist himself.

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