July 10, 2010

Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire

I devoured The Girl Who Played with Fire this week. DEVOURED! I think I set a new personal record for fastest reading time. Here's the Amazon review:

The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. Stieg Larsson's seething heroine, Lisbeth Salander, once again finds herself paired with journalist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a sinister criminal enterprise. Only this time, Lisbeth must return to the darkness of her own past (more specifically, an event coldly known as "All the Evil") if she is to stay one step ahead--and alive. The Girl Who Played with Fire is a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller that crackles with stunning twists and dismisses any talk of a sophomore slump. Fans of Larsson's prior work will find even more to love here, and readers who do not find their hearts racing within the first five pages may want to confirm they still have a pulse. Expect healthy doses of murder, betrayal, and deceit, as well as enough espresso drinks to fuel downtown Seattle for months.

Unlike the first book in the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this book isn't hard to get into & it's a little easier to follow. I know I said this about the first book, but I could not put this book down. Everyone told me that it's better than the first book & I think it is. Lisbeth is my favorite part of these books & this second book is all about her, which is exactly what I wanted.

I loved it! I highly, highly recommend reading it. And if you're interested, the movie will be at the Belcourt later this month, opening July 30.

P.S. I've ordered the third & (for now) final book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, on Amazon. I'm taking a break & reading Something Borrowed until it comes in, but then I'm diving right back in. I have a feeling I'm going to be very sad when I finish the third book & have to say goodbye to these characters....


chester copperpot said...

I just bought the first one at Bookman / Bookwoman this weekend. I'm excited to start it because so many people seem to like it. Did you know that all of their "book club books" are 25% off the cover price (and brand new!)? They have the first two in paperback for $11.25, and they had the third in hardcover. I bought the first one to see how I liked it before going for all three. I hope I like it.

The Blonde Mule said...

Ooooh, Bookman/Bookwoman -- noted. I haven't been in there in years. I'm trying to buy less books because I read SO MUCH. I've been borrowing mostly & then buying at either McKay's or used via Amazon. I hear there's this thing called a library... Maybe I should look into that, haha.


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