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The Girl Who Played With Fire / Kicked The Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson

Quercus Publishing plc

Mark Haddon

'I was completely absorbed by the complexities of this Sweden-set page-turner with its unlikely heroine - the book is on one level a gripping thriller, on another a compelling morality tale about the abuse of power'

Vince Cable, Guardian

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It would be impossible, in my opinion, to read 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' without immediately trying to get hold of a copy 'The Girl who played with fire' immediately afterwards.  Even more impossible would be to finish the second instalment without immediately picking up the third ('The Girl who kicked the
Hornet's Nest).  The latter two parts of Larson's trilogy are so interlinked that I have to review them as one and the same work.

As in the first book, Larson weaves a wonderfully intricate and complex tale.  The main plot is so complex that it consists on many key threads which run through both books.  All of the characters from the first book are back, but are joined by an array of new faces.  At times, I found it difficult to remember what name related to which member of the cast.  However, that was in part due to the fact that a lot of Swedish names (or the ones used) sounded very similar to the untrained English ear.

Whereas in the first book, the story was only really told from the point of view of about three people, in 'The Girl who played with fire' and 'The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest' we hear from most of the key characters, of which there are more than 20.  At times I felt this was too many, but as the story progressed, it did help add depth and understanding to what could be a confusing plot otherwise.  Larson
also seems to endeavour to give a very realistic feel to the story by providing quite detailed descriptions of where the characters are and what they are doing.  At times I was almost tempted to get out a map of Stockholm and map things out!

These books had me gripped from start to finish.  They do require some brain power and are not an easy read.  But they do provoke your mind and get you thinking.  Some of the best books I read in some time.

 

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Reviewed on 01/01/2011 by Angela

 

Reviewed item details

The Girl Who Played With Fire ISBN - 9781906694180

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest ISBN - 9781849162746

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Waterstones - The Girl Who Played With Fire

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