Saturday, August 7

Book: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson Click for more info

I'm quite upset about this book, but I cannot tell you how apart from saying I feel cheated by the end.

Other than that, it's more of the same from Salander et al. It's gripping stuff, with the first half of the book setting the scene, spelling out what you need to know by describing the everyday movements and actions of the characters. After the literary bait and switch it's all then taken away from you as you're left in as much of the dark as the investigators in the book are. It's quite an effective device.

The same technical merit applies to this book; it's well written considering it's a translation, although I would say the characterisation is a bit lacking. I do stand by my opening paragraph too - I was quite disappointed by both the unfolding of events and how the book concludes.

Recommended, but only if you accept that you have to read all three books.

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