It’s book review time. I finally managed to get hold of the latest part in the Millenium series at the library. Let’s how David Lagercrantz worked with Stieg Larsson legacy!
After all that happened in the last book, Lisbeth is in jail. In a high security prison to be more precise. However, not everybody is safe there either…
Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist investigates the strange changes about Leo Mannheimer…
First of all, let me talk about Stieg Larsson’s legacy. When David Lagercrantz continued the Millenium series I had second thoughts but he surprised me with The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Lagercrantz is not Larrson, his writing style is somewhat different and the reading experience is not 100 % the same despite Lagercrantz working with the familiar characters. However, he did a very good job picking up where Larrson had left off, despite a lot of pressure coming with the task.
I enjoyed the last book quite a lot, so I was excited to get my hands on more from Lagercrantz. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is fascinating. The novel was impossible to put but I still have some critical remarks.
You can tell that Lagercrantz put a lot of effort into the research, but ist still doesn’t feel as intricate as the predecessor. First of all, some parts of the story feel a bit thinner in comparison. Moreover, some parts only seem intricate when you don’t know much about it. Let me give you an example. There was a lot of stuff about music in the book, so I actually talked to someone who studied jazz guitar. His remarks were a bit disenchanting, leading me to think that Lagercrantz my not know quite as much about the topic as he wants us to believe.
Nevertheless, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is a thrilling story with many interesting plot turns. I had three different endings in my mind but I kept guessing right up till the final pages which it might be. To be honest, I was a bis disappointed that Lagercrantz settled for a happy end – I would have expected something darker.
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is not quite as good as Lagercrantz’ first Millenium novel or Stieg Larsson’s books. But it still is hell of a ride, so go for it!
Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!
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