When this third part of the Millenium Trilogy opens, Lisbeth Salander is lying in a hospital room just a few doors down from Zalachenko, her sadistic, abusive father. She is faced with murder charges.
Rather than the page turning action thriller reminiscent of the first two novels, the pace here is slower, and the events more cerebral. For the first half of the book I was convinced it wasn’t going to be as good as the first two, but then all the pieces started coming together, faster and faster – a suspenseful courtroom drama that made me stay up late into the night, reading until my eyes just couldn’t stay open any longer. But I just had to find out what happens next! Wow, what an ending – and yes, it’s every bit as good as the first two.
A sequel to this trilogy, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, is due for release on August 27. For those that don’t know, Stieg Larsson died in 2004, prior to his books being published. He had finished and signed contracts for the first three in the Millenium series when he passed away, but had unfinished manuscripts, including a follow-up to this series. The new novel, written by David Lagercrantz, attempts to continue Larsson’s story of Lisbeth Salander. We’ll see if Lagercrantz can live up to Stieg Larsson’s legacy.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2007