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In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.
David Lagercrantz is a Swedish journalist and best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction. He was hand selected by the Larsson estate to write this standalone sequel based on Stieg Larsson's characters.
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By Lia on 09-21-17
I'm so freaking happy that this story was not a disappointment. After all the fuss with Larsson's family v. partner I didn't have much hope for this story but boy was I wrong!
The beginning was quite confusing, to be honest, there were so many characters being introduced at once I was starting to think there was no main character (ha ha)... but once I adapted to the writing and knew what to expect the story took over like an amazing heart-wrenching rollercoaster. I also thought the chapter Blomqvist visited Lisbeth's former guardian was unnecessary, he wrote a freaking magazine article on the woman and researched the heck of her life... it was kind of repetitve and boring since we, readers, knew Lisbeth's story, but I guess it helped with the perspective about Camilla.
I have to say, and I'm sorry if I am offending anyone, but I actually preferred Largercrantz writing to Larsson's. It is cleaner, flows more smoothly without some of the over-emphasis or pesky little details the previous books have (especially book 1).
He does an excellent job sticking to the best characteristics of Larsson's. A story with so many layers that unfolds like an onion, full of mind boggling info, nerdy scientific discoveries.
For most of the story our badass heroine seems tamed, and although she is a big piece of the puzzle, she almost felt like a secondary character, giving the reader a chance to get to know other characters, witness other stories while learning more about her.
I know this story has 0% of Larsson's manuscript but I was amazed, could not put it down, and am extremely happy that Lisbeth's saga will continue. She is such an amazing character, she deserves to keep on going, we deserve it too.
Simon Vance was outstanding with the delivery of the story
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By AudioAddict on 09-04-15
So thankful we still have Lizbeth!
STORY (thriller) - Yes, the loss of Stieg Larsson is huge, but I so appreciate David Lagercrantz for this effort. Lizbeth is an awesome character and, thanks to him, she's going to be around a little longer!
Personally, I didn't like this book as much as the first three, but that stems from my own personal taste and, perhaps, stupidity rather than from Lagercrantz's writing. For one, I would have liked a few less characters to keep straight. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I got confused with who was who several times. Second, although Lizbeth definitely plays a major role in the story, I would have preferred more of her. (Yes, I'm a fan). And, third, while I normally do not enjoy violence, I've come to expect it in this series and actually would have liked more of it in this book.
On the positive side, the plot is thrilling and complex, and it was wonderful to spend time with Lizbeth and Mikael again. Thankfully, their characters have not changed one bit! The addition of an autistic boy character was very interesting, and I loved the deeper insight into Lizbeth's childhood and the dark relationship she has with her sister. The book doesn't end with a bang, but everything is explained and it's a nice ending.
PERFORMANCE - Simon Vance delivers his usual awesome performance and lends continuity to the series.
OVERALL - As always, there is some violence and cursing, but no sex scenes this time. Recommended for anyone who loves The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I hope the criticism Lagercrantz is receiving for this sequel doesn't dissuade him from continuing our beloved series...
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