I have finished reading The Girl series, and I can say that they definitely stand out as great thrillers. Here is my review of the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Lisbeth Salander is wanted for a triple murder. All three victims are connected to a trafficking exposé about to be published in Mikael Blomqvist’s magazine Millenium, and Lisbeth’s fingerprints are on the weapon.
Lisbeth vanishes to avoid capture by the justice. Mikael, not believing the police, is despairingly trying to clear her name, using all his resources and the staff of his magazine. During this process, Mikael discovers Lisbeth’s past, a terrible story of abuse and traumatizing experiences growing up in the Swedish care system.
When he eventually finds her, it’s only to discover that she is far more entangled in his initial investigation of the sex industry than he could ever imagine (http://www.stieglarsson.com/The-Girl-Who-Played-with-Fire).
Once again Lisbeth Salander stands out as a stunning character who you like the more you learn about her. This book does go more in detail about her past and you learn how she came about to be the enigmatic personality that she is.
On its own The Girl Who Played With Fire was captivating but not quite as good as the first book in the series, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. There is murder involved and a growing conspiracy possibly involving the government, but just not as stunning as the first.
The main issue I had with this installment was the same I had with the ...Dragon Tattoo. The Girl Who Played With Fire could definitely have used a few more rounds of editing. There is more detail and backstory than is needed that contributed to an over 500 page read. That may turn people off who are into a much faster paced thriller.
However, I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend picking it up.