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The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
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Oct 18, 2009

really liked it

Yes, this one is as good as the first, though in the middle section I found myself thinking, "If I had to take a quiz on the way the plot is unfolding, I'd flunk!" I love the main character, Lizbeth, and the way she is so smart and true to herself in every way and not afraid of any situation or person. Again I want to go to Sweden because Larsson's descriptions allowed me to imagine its beauty despite the horror of the events. Mikael also wins my affection, especially when we see Lizbeth's disdain for the care and concern he feels for her and her situation. Larsson is attacking a major problem in Swedish society and he does an outstanding job in raising my awareness on the issue of the exploitation of women. Above all, though, is the fact that once I started reading the book I couldn't wait to get back to it each night. You know from the get-go that the bad guys will be out to get Lisbeth, so the tension is building and building. Then Larsson threw in a few plot twists, and wow, great read!
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Marilyn Schoon I hope it's as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

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