The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the next in the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series and while not perfect is an exciting follow up with a new author.
For those that don’t know, Stieg Larsson wrote the first three of the Lisbeth Salander novels for himself and were later discovered and published. Now, the publishing group that owned the rights to the series contracted David Lagercrantz to write the followup.
In the followup, there is a distinctive change in writing style with more of the book being written through the means of monologue and inner monologue than action and it doesn’t make this book a little slower read than the other three. However, he didn’t lose the spirit of the characters that made the first three books so enjoyable to read.
Lisbeth Salander is still a broken hero, Mikael Blomkist is still an enjoyable broken protagonist and the Lisbeth’s family is still completely messed up. Although this time it is her sister and not her father driving the vehicle that creates Lisbeth’s nightmare.
I wouldn’t go nominating this book for any sort of year end awards, but if you’re looking for an enjoyable book to read over a weekend, there are definitely worse ways to spend a couple afternoons.