The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4)

Published in: 2015
Pages: 423
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 4 in the Millennium Trilogy

Book description:
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 . . .

My review:
As any reader of this series will know, this book has been written by a different author to the first three books. Books 1-3 were written by Stieg Larsson and released after he died in 2004. Book 4 is written by a different author, and he has given it a good shot. It almost feels like it’s the same writer, but there is just something missing, a certain spark that was present in the first three books that made them non-stop awesome.

This book felt a little jumpy- it constantly switched between multiple view-points and I lost track of who was who after a while (Oh look, a new paragraph. Whose point of view is this from? Jan? Jan who? There’s like three Jan’s in this book so far…) and I felt that although there was a premise for a brilliant story, some of it was hurried, some of it was glossed over (for example, the way Lisbeth escapes on the mountain is mentioned later on as a memory and instead of being adrenaline-pumping heart-stopping action, it’s brief and lacking any emotion), and some of the new characters felt a little undeveloped.

In saying that, I did devour this book in a few days, and there were moments where it really drew me into the story. Then there were times when it dragged and I had to re-read passages three or four times to even figure out what was being said.

The stand out character of the series is Lisbeth Salander, no contest. She features too little in my opinion, and too many other characters have been thrown in to make the story as seamless and flowing as it could have been. For a writer trying to get a feel for the characters someone else has created, this author has done well, but I think he may have been overly ambitious in the story and could have cut back quite a few elements and really focused his writing on the base parts of the story to really make it a good read, instead of spreading himself thin trying to throw in yet another plot twist or character.

Final review:
The girl in the spider’s web rating:
6.5/10. I think it was good, but not up to the standard of the first three books.
Would I re-read it? Not in a hurry. It might warrant a re-read years down the track, but it’s not something I’ll be itching to pick up again soon.
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the original trilogy will enjoy the familiar characters in this book, and might find that this is as good as the series, or they might find fault with it like I did. Apart from them, people who would enjoy this book would be those interested in murder-mysteries, action books, and so on.

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