Guest Review: The Girl In The Spider’s Web + Giveaway

Guest Review: The Girl In The Spider’s Web + Giveaway

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Guest Review: The Girl In The Spider’s Web + GiveawayThe Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4) by David Lagercrantz, George Goulding
Series: Millennium #4
Published by Hachette India on August 27th 2015
Genres: crime, thriller
Pages: 437
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Goodreads

The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.
Written by Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz, this much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (What Doesn't Kill You).

Shayantani’s Thoughts:

Lisbeth Salander is back, and with a new creator!

Steig Larsson’s death had many fans including me grieving the great loss it was. Not only was he a fabulous writer, with his sharp journalistic authoritative tone of writing and his crisp plot, but there was also the added loss of not encountering Lisbeth again. Salander is probably one of the most iconic literary heroines of our time. Her sharp tongue, photographic memory, hacking skills, piercings and tattoos along with her uncompromisingly vengeful nature is very much a part of the public imagination. Probably this is why she rises from the grave, much like she did towards the end of “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and this time with a new creator,crime journalistDavid Lagercrantz.

 

It was with great anticipation mingled with trepidation that I looked forward to the publication of this book. Any book which is a part of a series already leads to comparison with former novels. Lagercrantz’s job is made doubly hard as he carries forward the legacy of Larsson and has to recreate a character like Lisbeth, but he rises to the challenge. Multiple narratives intertwine to tell a complicated plot which manages to successfully bring together all the complex elements it introduces while delving into character development as well. Hacking the NSA, the Russian mafia, the possibility of artificial intelligence capable of replacing humans are just some of the elements it incorporates.

 

The novel introduces two prominent new characters – Franz Balder, a genius scientist working with complicated Artificial Intelligence technology and his son August, an autistic child who possesses savant skills. There is also Gabriela Grane, genius analyst, member of the Sapo, working in an overwhelmingly male dominated work environment and Ed Needham, the irate NSA official who has a beef with Lisbeth.

Among the old characters we meet Bloomkvist and it is interesting to watch him compete and struggle to maintain his superstar status in the twitter age. His “mary sue” like traits which I previously had a problem with in the earlier novels are significantly toned down. Girls no longer throw themselves at him which is a welcome relief. We also get renew our acquaintance with Erica Berger, inspector Bublanski (bubble as Lisbeth calls him) and the by now familiar landscape of Sweden.

For me the most interesting element in the story was the interactions between Lisbeth and August. Lisbeth’s character is most endearing when she is in her uncompromising fight against personal wrongs mode. But in August, there is a protective touch as well as a self-identification with this genius autistic boy who has been through childhood trauma. Perhaps it is the closest Lisbeth ever comes to finding somebody like herself. More aspects of her history are also revealed which add to her character depth. She is undoubtedly one of the most badass women in literature and continues to kick misogynist butts.

 

Lagercrantz’s work lacks some of the gritty complexities of Larsson but he does a brilliant job at taking the story forward. It also leaves certain issues unresolved which makes me hopeful for a sequel. With the cult status that Lisbeth has attained, I hope she is around for a long time and outlasts the author again.

Thanks so much Shayantani for taking the time to review this book for me. Shayantani’s reviews are brilliant.Which is why it’s awesome that she agreed to do a guest review.

You can check out her Goodreads profile here.

GIVEAWAY

 The giveaway guidelines are a part of the Rafflecopter widget .Giveaway is INDIA only and the fact that there are 7 winners of the giveaway and each will win a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest , The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl in the Spider’s Web and one book from the titles listed below:

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  4. Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  5. The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
  6. An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
  7. Rescue by Nicolas Sparks
  8. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  9. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
  10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  11. The Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth by Subroto Bagchi
  12. In Spite of the Gods by Edward Luce
  13. Living History by Hillary Clinton
  14. To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
  15. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  16. Theodore Boone,Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
  17. One Day by David Nicholls
  18. The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
  19. Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer and Yvonne Gilbert
  20. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey

A total of five books for each winner.

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Shayantani Das

5 Comments

  1. I’ve yet to read this series but have heard so many great comments about the writing and Lisbeth as a heroine – so glad that Lagercrantz made this latest installment another thrilling read! 🙂

    • I still have to read it as well,fortunately my friend loves this series and has been telling me to check it out. So we’re in the same boat.

  2. I love the website and the giveaway. I hope I win. I will love you Hachette if you make me win. Thanks.

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