Three words: Read. It. Now!
(But because it is a sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I would highly recommend reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo first. Really.)
I haven't been this wrapped up in a book in a long time. I started reading The Girl Who Played With Fire a few days ago. Last Thursday. I think. I can't really remember because since then there's been a fever bug wreaking havoc in the McDonald home. But even through the chaos of rampant sickness, I couldn't get back to the book fast enough. So as I started recuperating, that's exactly what I did. I picked it up again, and couldn't put it down.
Last night I didn't sleep a wink because I kept dreaming about the book. It wasn't even really a dream with a plot. But because the book is set in Sweden, there's a whole bunch of names that are fun to say, like: Blomkvist, Bjurman, Wennerstrom, Armansky, Sandstrom, Bublanski... and the dream was just me going through all of the names over and over again. I know.
Today, I was feeling much better and probably could've made myself more useful around the house, but decided to milk the whole "i'm sick" bit in order to finish the book because 1) I couldn't possibly lose another night's sleep because of dreaming about the book 2) if I didn't finish the book today, I would continue to be useless to my family until I finally did finish 3) regardless of the other two reasons listed above, I simply could not put it down. it was that good.
If you like a good thriller, this is one of the best.
I'm still trying to decide how I'm going to wait out the next 20 days until the release of the third book of the trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. This time I am so not going to wait for the paperback edition.
The twist on p. 543*? I totally knew it. I should totally be a detective. Also? I found two 'mistakes' in the story line that, if I were the late Mr. Larsson's editor, I might've had him patch up.
*in my paperback copy. (in chapter 28).
If I had to cast the role of Lisbeth Salander for a Hollywood movie? I'd totally cast myself.
I just noticed this spot-on review on the back cover:
"You might as well give up on the idea of sleep till you've finished the book." --The Dallas Morning News