Friday, 22 July 2016

Book Review - The Girl In The Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz

“Those who spy on the people end up themselves being spied on by the people.” 

Having read, and loved, all of the previous Millennium series, I was hesitant to read the latest installment written by a new author. Stieg Larsson died suddenly, at the age of 50, in 2004. This, sadly, meant he was never here to see the success, and joy his books would bring to the world. Following his untimely death, the rights of the Millennium series were passed over to his estranged family, who, though to the protest's of Stieg's partner, hired a new author, David Lagercrantz, to carry on his works. 

The Girl In The Spider's Web follows Blomkvist, who, after receiving a call in the dead of night from a source claiming to have secrets that endanger his life, finds himself once again on the hunt for the truth alongside super hacker Lisbeth.

Though I believe there could have been more to the story after the trilogy's end, I don't think this should have been done by another author. I do not know the true intentions of the family when carrying on the story, however, I do believe there was an air of riding on the success of the first three novels. No one can know the truth of the characters aside from the original author. And I felt this while reading the book. 

I love Lisbeth, I know she is flawed, but she is a character with so much depth. I don't think this came through in this book - perhaps I am being biased, but some of what she said, I just couldn't picture coming from her mouth, and, to me, sometimes she just came across as mean, something I don't associate with her now knowing her character.

The story itself is so-so. I think it took too long to get into. I'd got about three quarters of the way through the book when I thought to myself, wait, nothing has actually happened yet. I also think it was rather predictable. Not that the books before had many twists, but this story offered an air of mystery and then gave away the answer to soon.

Did I enjoy this book? It was OK, perhaps I would have liked it better with new characters as a standalone novel, but following such a strong series? It falls flat. Overall, I would give it a 2 out of 5, this might seem harsh, but towards the end I honestly struggled so much to bother to finish the story. 

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