The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Cover of "The Girl Who Played with Fire (...
Cover of The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage)

In this second book of the trilogy, the first was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, we learn more about Lisbeth Salander and the childhood trauma(s) that have made her the troubled young woman she is today.  Lisbeth learned early on not to trust anyone, especially those with authority.  Her defense is to shut down her feelings, build walls to keep people out, and live life without friends or companions.

Mikael Blomkvist threatens to get past her defenses and into her life.  To protect herself Lisbeth has run from him and cut off all contact.  Mikael continues trying to keep the lines of communication open, he cares for her and has reason for concern about her.

Blomkvist is again at Millennium, the magazine he co-founded with Erika Berger, and is ready to publish an expose’ of the sex trade industry.  This planned expose’ brings about the murder of two of  his friends.  The murderer cannot be found but the murder weapon is found, with Salander’s fingerprints on it.  Blomkvist believes she is  innocent.  While he tries to find the murderer and protect his friend, Salander  searches for the man she believes is behind the murders–a man she knows and hates.

There are lots of twists and turns in this story and some surprising revelations.   In this exciting novel of intrigue and mysteries, personal and international, Lisbeth Salander begins to face her past.  With courage and determination to right the wrongs of the past and clear herself of murder charges she also begins to face her feelings for Mikael.

Like the first book this one left me anxious to read the next.