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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
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Aug 25, 11

bookshelves: mystery, paperback, millennium
Read from August 19 to 25, 2011

I pictured this book to be very similar to its predecessor, you know, hacker Lisbeth Salander & journalist Michael Blomkvist are thrown together to solve a mystery while barely knowing each other. But instead, Larsson makes Salander the mystery as it appears she has committed a triple homicide. I won't give away any details, but the 700+ page novel reads fast and furious. I really liked how Larsson slowly but surely revealed the relevant details of the case to the reader, while leaving some of his characters in the dark. It built up the tension knowing that you knew something the characters did not necessarily know. I also liked how the author kept the action going right up until the very end (and I mean the very end) unlike the conclusion of the first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As the primary suspect, Lisbeth Salander's character's life is scrutinized and developed in such a way that you both understand who she is and saddened by the facts of her life. Totally unique and, now, understandably different, Lisbeth Salander is one of mystery fiction's best written characters.
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