I recently read “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” written by David Lagercrantz, the next installment in the Millennium series by the late Steig Larsson.
I loved the Millennium trilogy and thought it was brilliant and original writing. I was not happy to hear that someone else was writing a follow-up to the series which I felt was good enough to leave as it was intended by its creator Larsson. I was in two minds about reading it because I was curious as well as worried it would ruin it for me, but I eventually got around to reading it.
The blurb reads:
“She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.
Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .”
The plot is OK, although it took a while for me to get into it and one of the new characters seemed kind of boring until it emerges just how important he is. Blomkvist is having more problems with keeping his role at Millennium and desperately searching for a new story. Salander has her own issues to deal with but ends up helping Blomkvist bring the truth to light.
Lagercrantz has tried to keep their characters as alive and interesting as Larsson made them, but there’s still something missing. Salander is just not as unique as she was portrayed originally and seems a little too normal. The story is interesting eventually, but the problem seems resolved too easily and quickly and there are a few loose ends, maybe they are for building on in a new novel? He also killed off 2 characters just as they were getting interesting, which kind of ruined it for me.
The book did keep me reading until the end but it wasn’t anywhere near as special as the original writing. I give it 7/10 because it is well-written and you can see what the fuss is about, but at the end of the day, it’s a poor imitation of the greatness of Stieg Larsson.