If you enjoyed Stieg Larrson’s Millennium series, then you really must see the movies. This is the second one and it’s just as good as the first. Lisbeth Salander is played by Noomi Rapace who does a superb job of portraying a very challenging and complex character. Mikael Blomkvist is played by Michael Nyqvist. It’s not often when you’re watching a movie with subtitles that you completely forget it’s in another language, but that’s what happens here. The film is very true to the novel – exciting, engrossing and will leave you wanting more.
Rarely do you pick up a book as long as The Girl who Played with Fire and read cover to cover without once being bored. This is a good page turner that anyone who likes a good crime thriller will enjoy.
If you haven’t already read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first novel in this Millennium trilogy by Larsoon, then I strongly recommend that you read it first because it provides necessary background for The Girl who Played with Fire.
The earlier book is a slower start but once the plot gets up and running it is hard to put down. I thought the denouement was a little disappointing in the first book but the second part of the trilogy is much better.
Character-driven more than plot-driven, it captures your attention from the very first page and the pace never lets up. The plot is complex – in fact there are several plots running simultaneously – and we get to know a log more about Lisbeth Salander. It’s an exciting read that you won’t want to put down. I can’t wait to read the final part.
If you like The Girl who Played with Fire you might also like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also, have a look at Chain of Events by Fredrik T Olsson and check out the Nordic Noir category on this website.