Year 4, Book 66

66. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Wow am I behind with my postings. Looking I see my last post was almost a month ago after I went to Abbey Burger Bistro for book club. As luck would have it we also went there again for this month’s meeting and that was last night. Geez! The lack of posting does not leave me horribly behind in book reviews though because the lack of posting is due to the insane busyness that has been my life as of late especially at work, which has also led to a lack of reading.

This is the second book in a series of three that Stieg Larsson wrote and submitted to his publisher before promptly dying. I read the first, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and enjoyed it for what it was, which is a mystery, thriller type novel. However, these type of books aren’t usually my thing and I probably felt more compelled to read this one because of all the threads left hanging in the first book. Many of these threads were resolved, so I don’t feel completely compelled to read the third one when it is released in the US in the spring aside from the fact that I know it’s the last one and I now feel compelled to find out how everything is tied up. That of course is if it is because who knows how the author left things not knowing he would die before writing anymore books.

Anyway, this book picks up where the last one left off. It delves more into Salandar’s past and the main mystery of this book revolves around her and things that happened in her past. Blomkvist also becomes involved first because it relates to work at his magazine Millennium, but later because he realizes that Salandar has been caught up in the investigation. The book is a pretty quick read despite its length and Larsson does know how to write in such a way that you want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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