It’s book review time! Today I have something a little paradox: it is the fourth part of the Millenium trilogy. A book that technically shouldn’t exist. As some of you may know, Stieg Larsson, writer of the Millenium trilogy, passed away. So The Girl in the Spider’s Web continues the story, but with a new guy holding the pen…
The famous computer scientist Frans Balder returns home to Sweden after burning all the bridges in US. He is back to take care of his autistic son, August. Well, the perfect picture doesn’t last long. Balder is shot, August the only witness.
So, how did Lisbeth know this guy? And why is Mikael Blomkvist at the crime scene?
I had rather mixed feelings about picking this book up. Stieg Larsson’s novels had been intense, impossible to put down, simply fascinating thrillers. Would The Girl in the Spider’s Web live up to this legacy?
First of all, the writing style actually tied in very well with the other books. I read all the novels in German, so I’m sure whoever did the translation did a great job with it as well. To be honest, I hadn’t expected it o fit this well. There are only minor differences in David Lagercrantz’s way of telling the story compared to Stieg Larsson’s work. It’s not as brilliant as Larsson’s but still extremely well written and thrilling.
The plot is also interesting as this time, it’s not as personal for Lisbeth or Mikael. Still, Lagercrantz managed to make it sound reasonable that they both play vital roles. I had heard some rather negative thoughts on his way of writing Lisbeth but I think he did a splendid job. Of course, the characters will seem different as they are not the main focus in this story, Lisbeth isn’t as intense as we know her. Nevertheless, I am surprised how good the novel is.
If you allow yourself to forget that The Girl in the Spider’s Web was written by someone other than Stieg Larsson, you will see how well it fits into the Millenium series. A gripping novel you won’t be able to put down!
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!
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