I stayed up late last night to finish The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. This book follows The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I loved the first book so much, that I immediately went out to purchase this book. Since last summer was . . . crappy . . . and busy (getting caught up on adolescent literature for a new job), I haven't had a chance to get back to the series. The book sat for a year and was worth the wait.
The ending was perfect . . . for an author who wants to sell the next book. From a reader's perspective--the major mysteries were solved; yet, I wanted the neat, tidy ending. I will have to get the next book to find out more. Since I have about a thousand (yes--hyperbole) books on my "Wanna Read" list, I'm not sure I want to invest another 700 pages to this book right away.
I word to the not-so-wise (like myself), keep a list of characters. I do this with most books I read; however, I would have been lost several times with this book in particular.
Another important note--the first book is a definite "NO" for my high schooler. The second book was not quite as bad in its sexual content/graphic nature, but my now-sophomore is too young to read.