Sunday, February 4, 2018

Review: The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz

Hello readers,

today I have a review for you that I really struggled with. The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson is my absolute favorite and seeing it being continued gave me really mixed feelings. The trilogy was wrapped up nicely and I loved the writing and felt that there was not a single thing I could have complained about.
With that said I had very high expectations going into this 4th book that is continued by David Lagercrantz as well as many doubts.

So as you all know I like to dive into my thrillers not knowing much, but with this one I would have liked to know more than I knew.
We still have our two main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. While Mikeal is struggling with his career as a journalist, Lisbeth is laying low. Nobody knows where she is and what she is doing.
The NSA gets hacked and one day Mikeal recieves information that a senstive AI program got stolen from Professor Balder, who is known as a genius in his field and who is later found dead, his autistic son being a witness of the murder.
How does this all fit together?

To me this sounds intriguing as well as fast paced. What you get compared to the third three books is a really slow read.
Lisbeth Salander who has always been my favorite character in the Millenium books get mentioned the first time around page 60 and appears the first time around page 100, which really disappointed me. Through out the book she still has her Lisbeth moments, but overall she seems to have become more of a site character than a main character. For the majority of the book she is a babysitter/bodyguard to Balders autistic son. Which leads me to my next point. The characters personalities lost a lot of their edge compared to the first three books and they seemed overall different.
During the first three books by Stieg Larsson I always felt that everything that was mentioned was relevant to the plot, in this one we have a constantly on going discussion about the developement of journalism, which don`t get me wrong is a discussion we should have, but it reaccures way too often for my taste.

Don`t get me wrong, David Lagercrantz can write a good thriller and this book really is a good thriller, but it is nothing compared to the first three books.
Once I had accepted that it was no Stieg Larsson I did really enjoy the book and it read fast too. The characters were good and the plot was thrilling. There was a lot of detail and explaining put  into the story.
There were still certain things that annoyed me, such as the repetitions throughout the different perspectives and that I sometimes felt everything was just too convenient and too easy.
But overall I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you read it yet? Let me know in the comments below and I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I still haven't read the Millenium trilogy but I have bought the first book some time ago. I'm really looking forward to read it.