Book Review: The Girl in the Spider’s Web


veronica | I was so excited to learn that Lisbeth and Mikael would get another go with The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz, despite it not being written by Steig Larsson. I was expecting at least a story written with the same depth and care that Larsson so meticulously created in his Millennium series. I was sorely disappointed.

While the players remained the same and there were some good elements in it, every little bit that made the previous novels so good was clearly missing. Lisbeth felt flat and shallow, Mikael was not bold, in fact, I’ll go so far to say that every character was but a shadow of who they were.

I really wanted to like this and fall in love with Lisbeth and her edginess again but it simply wasn’t the case. As far as the story line went, it was good enough for a thriller, even though I knew how it was going to play out. I don’t think we need another installment like this but perhaps Lagercrantz just needs to learn how to polish up his writing to make a smoother read for us and somehow make us love these characters that he’s destroyed in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.


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september 1, 2015