Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire [Millennium II] (Stieg Larsson)

Author: Stieg Larsson

Published: 2006

Language: Translated to English from Swedish, in 2009

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

Rating: 4/5

As of now, I wish Larsson was still alive to continue his series. Clearly, I am in love with the Millennium Series. The first book set the bar quite high and I hoped the excitement wouldn’t die down in this one.

The Girl Who Played with Fire answered so many questions about Lisbeth Salander that had collected at the back of my mind. I won’t be discussing them in detail, so that I don’t stop you from picking up the book later. Most of the questions were to do with why Salander is the way she is. All of us have a story or those defining moments in our lives that change us for better or for worse and that are sometimes, irreversible.

I wouldn’t wish Salander’s story on anyone, even if that changed her into the character that I have come to admire so much. No one should go through all that pain. Larsson’s writing creates a chill that I physically felt at a number of points in the story. I am talking about the chill that runs down your spine, no matter what weather it is that day or night.

My absolute favourite section in both the books has been the Prologue and how Larsson used it in the story. I wish I could scream through this blog to make you understand how it threw me. MY GOD. It made time stop and I had to close the book for a few minutes and wrap my head around what had been revealed. No spoilers here, don’t worry. I want to re-read the books, already, just to feel that again. There is so much writing can do and this feeling that I am talking is the proof.

I don’t know how the original titles are said or read in Swedish, but these titles are some of the best I’ve come across; they make you think and though the story isn’t only about ‘The Girl’, it makes you keep your sight trained on her and makes it an awesome experience because she is such a complex link between all the events.

Like Mikael Blomkvist, I was rooting for her throughout the book and I still do, as I read the third in the series. Their relationship – call it friendship, as does Blomkvist – is something is fantastic to have in your life. Blomkvist says that friendship is based on respect and trust and that both elements have to be there in a mutual setting. Though they do not show it to each other, they have each other’s backs whenever needed, no questions asked. They hold up their end of the deal and I love their banter.

In my opinion, Harriet Vanger’s disappearance/murder case, in the first book, was a lot more electric compared to the investigation into sex trafficking in the second book. And that is completely alright. It didn’t deter me from reading it and I did enjoy it nonetheless. This happens in series at times; not all the books will have the same momentum and weight and we will all eventually have favourites. My other books shouldn’t ever read what I just wrote.

The Millennium Series have, so far, managed to twist my mind, heart and gut and I want more where it came from. I love reading books that engage me to think and challenge my intellect. Have you ever solved a crime? If yes, leave a comment below. And if no, then you can do so vicariously, like I do.

Stay tuned for the next book review in this series! Keep Dreaming!

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4 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Beautifully expressed! I can’t wait to read these books after reading your reviews.
    Waiting for more updates😊 much love to you❤️


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