Book Review: The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz


The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Hachette Australia, September 2017

Review copy provided by publisher


Lagercrantz has done it again. In this fifth instalment of the Millennium series created by Stieg Larrson, he has weaved plot threads, characters and suspense into an ultimate ending where all the threads tie together.

I really enjoy his style and the way he brings new characters to life and challenges the ones we have come to love, like Salander and Blomkvist. I did wonder how he could continue to expand on this series, but after reading this instalment i can see the possibilities are endless. More of Salander’s backstory and childhood emerge and i can see that the clues left for the reader will continue into the next novel.

Salander is such a wonderful protagonist. She is greatly flawed and crosses the line when it comes to morals, ethics and the law, but she is so determined to seek justice for wrong-doings (particularly when it’s against a woman) that she is a heroine you can’t help but root for. A force to be reckoned with.

I’m not going to recap the plot, because really, where would i start? I couldn’t do the book justice if i were to provide a summary. However, what i found particularly fascinating in this book was the focus on scientific studies and our history’s obsession with the nature vs. nurture debate. I have examined this in depth in my psychology degree, especially in relation to twin studies. These ideas are examined in this book and this plot thread really had my attention, in comparison to earlier novels which focus on coding and statistical stuff.

I am highly anticipating the next instalment of the series and can’t wait to see what Lagercrantz comes up with next!

You can read my review of the fourth book in the Millennium Series (and first book by Lagercrantz) The Girl in the Spider’s Web here.


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