Book #4 for 2012: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The story picks up where The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo left, whereby Mikael Blomkvist is planning to publish a story by Dag Stevensson and Mia Johannson about a big sex-trafficking operation which may put Sweden echelons in not-so-pleasant spotlight. The situation gets an unexpected turn when both writers were found murdered and our femme fatale, Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. The murder triggers an extensive investigation into the matter which may reveal more than they have anticipated and shed a new light on Lisbeth Salander's well-kept past.
Those who have read the first installment of the Millenium trilogy will appreciate this sequel as it probes deeper into Lisbeth Salander's life - both present and past. Readers will finally get to know 'All the Evil' which had resulted Lisbeth to being institutionalized at St. Stefan's Hospital when she was just 12 years old and her connection to the murder.
The few final chapters will definitely make you turn the pages with its heart-pumping plot and the ending will only make you reach out for the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, as soon as you're done with it.
Although sometimes, the plot might be too-goo-to-be-true and too predictable, this book still managed to be oh-so-lovable. The intriguing persona that is Lisbeth Salander keeps reader wanting to know more about her and subsequently, understand her.