The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

I loved Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the rest of the Millennium Trilogy. I read the three books one after another many years ago. It was the Millennium Trilogy which first got me hooked on thrillers.

As fans of the books will know, the trilogy could never have been more than a trilogy. Because Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004, at the age of 50. Shortly after his death, the complete manuscripts of three novels was discovered. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was published in Sweden in 2005 and in the UK in 2008.

It was Larsson’s Swedish publisher that contacted David Lagercrantz to continue the series, with The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which was published last year. This is a completely new story (although Larsson left behind half-completed manuscripts of several more Millennium novels), bringing back investigative journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, and punk superhacker, Lisbeth Salander.

Frans Balder is a scientist who is worried about his research and fears for his life, and that of his disabled son. Balder wants to publish his story, so contacts Blomkvist to help. But is it already too late? And what is Balder’s connection with a certain female hacker?

I’ll be honest, reading such a big and complex book in the school holidays wasn’t my best ever idea. Because I have no time to read in the holidays and this took me the entire seven weeks to get through. When a story is complicated, it’s always best to read it in chunks of more than three pages. Also, despite reading many Scandinavian thrillers over the years, I do still struggle to remember which character is which, because their names just aren’t as familiar. It’s easy to differentiate a Dave from a Kevin or a Rachel from a Laura, but with a huge cast of characters with Swedish names, I do tend to get a bit confused!

It took me about 150 pages before I was really into this book. Once I was into it, it was an enjoyable read, with plenty of twists and turns along the way, as Salander and Blomkvist got to the bottom of a murder and Blomkvist got the big scoop he’d been waiting for.

Fans of the original Millennium Trilogy won’t be disappointed by The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which brings back many of the characters from the trilogy. But is it as good? My instinct is that it isn’t quite as good, but I’m not completely sure!

Have you read it? How do you think it compares to the original trilogy?

The Girl in the Spider's Web, David Lagercrantz, Book review, Millennium trilogy

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11 Comments

  1. I’ve not read the original trilogy but this looks like one that the fans will really enjoy. I know what you mean about concentrating with these types. It’s why I put down the girl with the dragon tatoo and keep meaning to read it again in the near future!

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    • I would definitely recommend The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It’s definitely one you need to devote a bit of time to, but it’s brilliant!

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  2. Oh interesting! It must be an amazing series for it to be popular enough for someone else to continue it. Your blog is appearing in my inbox again. Woo hoo!
    Nat.x

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    • It was/ is an incredibly popular series. So glad my blog is back in your inbox! 🙂 x

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  3. I’ll admit I never finished the trilogy, perhaps I should give it another go! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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  4. I read the original trilogy, well 1 and a half of the books but they were too gruesome and gory for me. I do love a good thriller though so I might go back and try them again. I really like Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series – one to try if you haven’t already
    #readwithme

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  5. Hello – popped over from #ReadWithMe – have to say though, I really didn’t like these books at all! Too gruesome by far!

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  6. My husband has read all three Stieg Larsson books but they’ve never really appealed to me. I’m glad that the series continuing with another author didn’t disappoint 🙂

    #readwithme

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  7. It must be very strange for a writer to pick up another author’s work. I’ve never read the original trilogy but it would be interesting to see how the new one compares. Might give them all a go.
    #readiwthme

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  8. I’ve never read these books but tempted to give them a try #readwithme

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  9. I haven’t read any of these, although I have seen the film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Interesting that another author is continuing the series #readwithme

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