After reading it, I think that the trilogy has been mis-marketed. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has received all the attention. But in reality it is just a prequel for The Girl Who Played With Fire/The Girl Who Kicked A Hornet’s Nest. The last two books in this trilogy are really just one book split into two parts.
The Girl Who Played With Fire starts about a year after the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo finishes. Lisbeth is back as the main character (where she should be) and she has changed.
(Small spoiler if you haven’t read Dragon Tattoo)
She now has money and she does not need Blomkvist or anyone else. She can take jobs because she wants to and she can interact with only the people she wants to. She is growing up and taking charge of her life.
There are some pretty big reveals about Lisbeth’s life toward the end of this book. Again Blomkvist takes a pretty big role mid way through the book and keeps that role until early in the third book. I still do not really like Blomkvist as a character. But he serves a purpose and has a real role to play.
Lisbeth does not trust anyone and we can start to find out why in this book. I am about half way through the third book at this point and I can say that the second and third books are much better than the first. I am glad I did not skip this series.
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