The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web

by David Lagerchrantz

Overview: 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 duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

Judy Stanton (10/18/16): A well-done, Fast-paced read that Steig Larson would likely hail as a tribute to his engaging readers in his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I wouldn't have known it was another author, and I'm sure it must have been intimidating to follow such a renowned novelist! I liked the way Salander's past was increasingly exposed to better understand her personality. She is a modern day super hero!
Rating: ****

Debbie Weiss (11/14/15): It was great to be reading about Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander again! I agree with Gail and Marie that this read was as good a read as the previous books in the trilogy, even though it was written by a different author. It is a fast-paced book with many primary characters, some evil and some not. I, too, was very interested in the young boy with autism and his incredible talent with numbers. I sometimes got the various characters confused because all their names sounded the same to me, but I never let that get in the way of enjoying the story.

My book club discussed this book and it was quite interesting to learn about controversy behind David Lagerchrantz writing this book after Stieg Larsen's death. It might make some people reluctant to read the new addition to the series, but that is too bad.
Rating: ****

Marie Geesa (10/08/15): I agree with Gail that this is a splendid addition to The Millennium Series which I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, author David Lagervist "tightened" up his sequel so that the story lines are even more fast paced. There is a lot more discussion of autism and savants in this book which was of interest to me. I ignored the "dates' and "times" in the chapter headings as it is not necessary for the flow of events. And even if he doesn't write another sequel to this book the ending to The Girl in the Spider's Web is quite satisfactory. Kudos also to George Goulding for his superb translation from the Swedish.
Rating: *****

Gail Reid (10/03/15): I must be living under a rock (more likely, a book) because I did not know that a plan had been underway to continue The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series after the untimely death of the author Stieg Larsson.

Lisbeth Salander, the punk genius computer hacker and Mikael Blomkvist, Sweden's top investigative journalist, are back to track down the killer when a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence is savagely murdered. Filled with multiple subplots involving a worldwide computer network breach, characters from Sweden, the U.S. and Russia populate this thriller throughout.

The new author David Lagervist does a terrific job of maintaining both the plot turns and page-turning thrills of the previous novels. Some of the mainstay characters from the past return and original new ones join in as well. There's a lot to keep straight but the complexity adds to the intrigue. If credibility is sometimes stretched, it's still a wonderful ride!
Rating: *****

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