By Stieg Larsson, 2009
You may be relieved to discover that the sequel to Larrson's first novel is much more fast-paced. As far as books and movies go, I generally find the second in a series to be the weakest. However, that was not the case when I read The Girl Who Played With Fire. The conflict detonates in the opening chapter and leaves you feeling a little breathless by the time you grab the last page.
As I mentioned before, the character Lisbeth Salander is the mechanism for everything intriguing about these books. This sequel dives deeper into her past, and uncovers a disturbing and eye opening look at an intelligent eccentric. Her personal background becomes the complicated puzzle for the story, and the pieces are really entertaining to connect!
Larsson's consistency with his characters and the way he paints the psychological and emotional canvas make for a gripping read. While the book contains some extremely violent imagery and aggressively odious concepts, I feel the writing opens a fictional window to an unsettling landscape, rather than providing unnecessary shock value.
If you've read The Girl Who Played With Fire, what did you think?