The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
In this sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, our pierced, tattooed, waif-like heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is back fighting bad guys with a vengeance. Mikael Blomkvist, hero investigative journalist is back, too. When two people working with Mikael to expose a vast, underground sex trade in Sweden are violently executed, Lisbeth becomes the prime murder suspect. Mikael, convinced of his friend's innocence, goes on a mission to uncover the real killer. Meanwhile, Lisbeth evades the authorities on the hunt for her and seeks her own form of justice while being forced to finally face up to her past.
Talk about a thriller! I stayed up nights reading until my eyes were burning - it was that hard to put down. I often realized that every muscle in my body was tense as I read, wondering what was going to happen next.
Larsson was a brilliant writer. I am absolutely in awe of the complexity of the plot, the development of characters who truly come to life on the pages, and how he was able to make the utterly unlikely seem completely possible.
Wow. That about sums it up. I can't wait to read the final installment of this trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
I'm keeping this one.