At 11:00pm last night I was falling asleep. But I couldn't stop reading The Girl Who Played with Fire.
The story-telling was superb. The huge cast of characters was fascinating. The mysteries were complex and compelling. I could see I was nearing the end of the book and there was no way I could put it down. Larsson is dead, but I still hated the way he was keeping me awake.
I kept reading.
Larsson manipulated the story telling -- making the later scenes shorter and full of action. He kept revealing plot details a very few at a time leading up to the climax.
The ending was full of action and danger and fear. And the climax came at the very last sentence of the book!
It was just after 1:00am. I was still awake and staying awake had been worth it. (It also seemed that it took a lot less than 2 hours to finish the book.)
Somewhere in the future there's one more mystery by Larsson. I'm looking forward to it, but it's hard to imagine it will be as good as The Girl Who Played with Fire.
If you haven't read either of Larsson's books yet, go find The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's in the library and in paperback. By the time you've finished it, your chance of getting The Girl Who Played with Fire from the library will be much improved.
Then write and tell us what you thought of the book.
- The Stieg Larsson web site
- Daniel mallory's review at the Los Angeles Times
- Mark Lawson's review in The Guardian (UK)