The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces.
Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a trusted source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker-a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering.
Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Lisbeth for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. In The Girl in the Spider's Web, the duo who thrilled 80 million readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest meet again in an extraordinary and uniquely of-the-moment thriller.
Okay, I have to really buckle down if I want to share a new book each month, I'm already off schedule.
So for those of you who haven't read the original trilogy and haven't been following the drama of Stieg Larsson's estate I have a little refresher here for you.
Stieg Larsson is the Swedish author who created my favourite woman in literature to date, Lisbeth Salander. She came to life in the Millennium Trilogy that was published after Larsson's death in 2004 and then the series was translated to English in 2008.
I plugged through the series (have you seen those books? They're HUGE) and was upset when I found out he had died and there would be no more. Things felt unresolved and I was left hanging.
Last year I heard rumblings that author David Lagercrantz would be taking over the series. You see, before his death Larsson had outlined 10 books! His partner, Eva Gabrielsson, did not want to see the series carried on without Larsson. Gabrielsson has possession of an unfinished fourth manuscript which was not included in the fourth book.
Lagercrantz, is supported in this fourth book by Larsson's brother and father who are in charge of the late authors estate.
Okay, now that we have that preamble out of the way I can get on with my review of The Girl in the Spider's Web thus far.
Well, I don't hate it. It just feels like it's dragging. I'm about half way though, reading a chapter before I go to bed almost every night. I found Larsson's books dry at times but it was the way he wrote about Salander that alway kept me coming back.
I'm on page 147 and I have barely had any face time with my girl Lis! He also doesn't seem to capture her essence the way Larsson did. She is an oddball, and I don't mean that in a disrespectful way. She's different and in this fourth instalment all I have got out of her is that she likes to eat pizza and she drinks a lot.
She's more complex than that so let's get TO IT!
There is an autistic character in this book and so far I am learning a lot about autism which is very cool. I grew up with an autistic kid and I knew he was different and I was always amazed by his artistic ability but I really didn't know much about what autism was. So that aspect has been interesting.
Hopefully my next update will be more chipper and I will have my Lisbeth Salander fix!