Book Review: The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz

Title: The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye

Author: David Lagercrantz; Translator: George Goulding

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Crime

Publisher: MacLehose Press

Published: September 7, 2017

Page Amount: 448 pages

Goodreads Summary: Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women’s prison for saving a young boy’s life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind. Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week – and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood. Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck – that looked as if it had been burned by a dragon’s fire . . .

Why Read: Is there really any question why I was absolutely obsessed with reading the newest Lisbeth Salander book? Her character alone is legendary and her journalist friend Blomkvist’s obliviousness almost more so. There was no universe in which I would not try to get ahold of this book as soon as physically possible.

Review: Ever since Lagercrantz took over the writing of the Lisbeth Salander novels, I have been a bit wary. It’s always that way when a new author previously unknown takes on characters and plots that don’t belong to them. Luckily Lagercrantz has been nothing but incredible in somehow magically taking over where Stieg Larsson left off. Lisbeth is the same sassy and uncaring character I’ve known from before, and the plots get more devious the deeper the book goes.

Part of what I enjoyed so much about this book was the different angle of story. In a way, everything is connected to Salander. Her past is what brings the story onward and that doesn’t necessarily change in this newest adaption. But it isn’t the main plot in this book. We are introduced to a new part of the messed up system of conniving doctors, and it’s wonderfully horrid.

There’s nothing better than a good character development and this book doesn’t shy away from developing new characters and giving a new insight into old ones. Even though I don’t have perfect recall on what happened in previous books, I don’t feel as a reader that you do need to (which is a great part of this book).

So if you’re at all into drama or thriller or mystery – pick this up. I know it’s expensive and I know it’s “Top 40” Status but it deserves the rave reviews.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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