Reflection on: The Girl Who Played with Fire

I have just turned the final page of The Girl Who Played with Fire—the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoowhich happened to be the last novel I read in 2012 (although it was more like a year-transition read).

Unlike the first novel which I picked up without expecting anything, this time I brought it home with eagerness. The book cover had the comment “a gripping, stay-up-all-night read”—and I certainly hoped for a thrill-packed read… and I got what I was promised. I finished the hell of the brick in four days and I already want to read it all over again!

In this book, Lisbeth Salander is wanted nationwide for murder but as a “friend” Mikael Blomkvist believes Salander would never commit such murder. Blomkvist’s investigation of her innocence leads to the revelation the dark, disturbing background of the super-intelligent outcasted girl that is Lisbeth Salander.

For me knowing the relation between the murder and Salander’s past is the most thrilling part it’s almost unbelievable. And it’s really touching when Salander’s past is revealed. Lisbeth’s life is a tragedy and I couldn’t help feeling the utmost sympathy to Salander—it’s almost painful knowing what makes her the way she is.

My next mission is picking up the third—and apparently final—one! And thus upon its accomplishment my life will be complete.

I always thought Dan Brown writes the thrilling-est thriller, but when I read the Millennium series, I feel Larsson beats him by a mile!


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