Book Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Hey guys!
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…

Goodreads Cover - The Girl in the Spider's Web

Goodreads Cover – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

 

The Plot:
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?

 

The Rating:
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? Continue reading

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Movie Mania: Fire Walk With Me

Hey folks!
This was definitely the year of Twin Peaks. After more than 25 years the cult TV show returned!
Well, before I went for the new season I re-watched all the old episodes and for the first time checked out Fire Walk With Me. The eerie sort of prequel to the TV show was released in 1992 and turned out to be a huge fail…

 

 

The Plot:
Somewhere in Oregon, the FBI investigates the murder of Teresa Banks, a teen-age prostitute. Agent Dale Cooper is certain: the killer will strike again.
About a year later in Twin Peaks. Laura Palmer is alive and kicking. However, her troubles already got the best of her…

 

The Rating:
David Lynch is one of my favourite directors, so I was prepared to give this movie a fair chance despite the negative reviews I had come across. Well, to be honest, it was a waste of time. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Fargo

Hey Guys!
Today, I have a confession to make. The iconic 1996 movie Fargo? Never seen it. Until last week! Let’s if it’s worth all the fuss!

 

 

The Plot:
Jerry desperately needs money. Well, he has the brilliant idea of having his wife kidnapped in order to get his father in law to pay a nice ransom. What could possibly go wrong with that? The answer: everything!

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, I was pretty excited to finally see this one. There are so many reviews out there, praising this movie and hey, it also won tons of accolades. So it has to be good, right? Continue reading

Movie Mania: Run Lola Run

Hello folks!
For today’s post I checked out one of the only Germany thrillers that gained international fame during the last twenty years. Tom Tykwer’s take on the butterfly effect was even Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 71st Academy Awards.

 

The Plot:
Manni fucked up. Big Time. The small time criminal accidentally forgot a bag full of money in the subway. His girlfriend Lola has to save the day. She comes up with a plan and starts running, as there are only 20 minutes left before Manni’s boss wants to collect his money… Continue reading

Movie Mania: The Counselor

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I have another star packed thriller for you. Ridley Scott’s 2013 flick features Micheal Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt just to name a few.

 

The Plot:
The counselor (we never get to find out his real name) is a high level cartel lawyer. His life is going pretty well: he is successful and just got engaged with a wonderful woman. However, he gets greedy and mixed up in a drug deal. Of course what can go wrong, will go wrong… Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: The Lava Field

Hey guys!
Today I have something very unusual. In 2014 an impressive mini-TV-series was produced in Iceland. Well, I can’t let you miss out on this gem!

(Unfortunately I could only find a German trailer, but you get the picture)

 

What is it about?
Detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson is called to a crime scene. What at first appears to be a suicide soon raises many questions. Far more people have a connection to this murder than anyone would have believed. The investigations become dangerous not only to Runarsson, but also to his family…

 

Why should you check it out?
I stumbled upon this one completely by surprise but I have to admit those guys up North really know how to make a good thriller. The plot is gripping, fascinating and really pulls you in. We dive into the unknown depths of the Icelandic underground and are left with a crime story that goes under your skin. Continue reading