What’s it about? In The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Mikael Blomkvist and the police are conducting parallel investigations into three horrifying murders – and their initial evidence points straight at Salander whose fingerprints are on the murder weapon. While Blomkvist – alone in his belief in her innocence (well, at least for two of the murders) – investigates the slayings, Lisbeth is drawn into a hunt in which she is the prey, and which compels her to revisit her dark past in an effort to settle with it once and for all.
Is the narrator any good? If you read my review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you will be aware that I’m a big fan of Saul Reichlin. In this audiobook, he once again enriches a narrative already alive with interesting characters. Plus he easily handles the many Swedish names and places that could make it difficult to read, rather than listen, to the book.
The verdict? I enjoyed The Girl Who Played With Fire as much, if not more, than its predecessor. It’s an intelligent page-turner that will keep you guessing until the final page. And the ending will have you running to get the third book ASAP.
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