“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” by David Lagercrantz


The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz is a sanitized pale imitation of the first three Lisbeth Salander novels by Stieg Larsson. The first three books were full of so much sex and violence the reader was horrified and yet strangely entranced. Lisbeth filled the pages in a way that left you rooting for her. She was diminutive and also larger than life. This fourth installment in just plain boring.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web started out okay and for a while there I was hopeful. Soon that hope deflated. The main problem was there wasn’t enough Lisbeth. I can understand the author leaving out the sex and violence because he had to answer to Stieg’s heirs who didn’t like all the sex and violence in the first three books. But why did Lagercrantz not center the story around Lisbeth? It was like she a minor character.

Another issue was all of the recapping of events. The narrative went like this:

Exciting incident.

Recap.

Recap.

Recap.

Recap.

Exciting incident.

Recap.

Recap.

Recap.

Just get to the point already! I know what happened. Don’t keep explaining it to me over and over again.

I listed to this book on Audible and hearing it out loud made the boring parts even longer.

I miss Lisbeth Salandar. I miss Stieg Larsson.  I was hoping to find them both in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Instead, I find myself siding with Larsson’s disgruntled girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson. I don’t believe this book should have been written because it taints Larsson’s legacy.

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