The Girl who Played with Fire Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is about Lisbeth Salander and her return home where she comes to find out things about her past and embarks on a mission to resolve it, but she is followed by danger and secrets about her family a sex trade business. Lisbeth stole 3 million kronnor and traveled around the world for a year. She returns to Stockholm and realizes that she did not say goodbye to anyone before she left. She gives her old apartment to her old friend Mimmi and rents a new one. Her old boss armansky is not pleased by the way the she left things and he says he no longer needs her while she tries to convince him she does not need work. Her friend Blomkvist continued to look for her until Lisbeth returned. At that time, he and a colleague Svensson had been working on an article exposing public trade officials in the sex trade.
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Svensson and his girlfriend Mia are found dead and Lisbeth's finger prints are found on the murder weapon. At the same time, she is being accused of murdering her former guardian Nils Bjurman. On the run, she begins to investigate and finds that it ties to the article which exposes Björck a henchman of Zala who seems to be the man pulling strings. Björck offers Zala's involvement for his safety but changes his mind and calls his boss for help. During the investigation by Blomkvist and Lisbeth they find out that Zala is in fact her father but by this time, the both of them are trying to eliminate each other. Zala almost succeeds in killing her but Lisbeth manages to survive being shot. Blomkvist finds her in a farmhouse in the end and calls an ambulance.
Best part of story, including ending: I did not like the way that family was regarded in some circumstances as Zala beat Lisbeth's mother and tried to kill her. there is little regard for familial love.

Best scene in story: I like the way at the end of the novel that Lisbeth responded to the threat to her life. She killed Zala with an axe to the face and shot at her surprised half brother who ran away after seeing what happened.

Opinion about the main character: I like that Lisbeth did not seem to have any fear of what her actions may bring upon her even when it seemed she would certainly die.

The review of this Book prepared by Nicholas Waithaka a Level 3 Eurasian Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Swiss


Europe    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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