The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium #4)

Synopsis

Why We Love It:

It was one of the most successful thriller series ever, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Author Stieg Larsson had intended many instalments but completed only three before his untimely death. Now his publishers' appointed successor David Lagercrantz does not disappoint Millennium trilogy fans with this slow-burning follow-up, The Girl in the Spider's WebLisbeth Salander is back with a vengeance, and Lagercrantz's depiction matches perfectly with her creator's. With its brooding characters, darker tone and updated technology, his novel is enjoyable as both a continuation of the series and as the stand-alone sequel that Lagercrantz intended.

Mikael Blomkvist is once again making headlines, but this time the media is claiming that his reign as a superstar journalist is over. Millennium is struggling and his lover Erika Berger has convinced him to sell 30 per cent of the business to a major news syndication called Serner, headed by an old rival from his temp days. But when he walks out of an important meeting, he is faced with the prospect of unemployment under the guise of being transferred to London.

While contemplating his fate he is contacted by a former assistant to artificial intelligence genius Professor Frans Balder and it seems this could be the big scoop to attract some much-needed funding to Millennium. But the real draw is that a mysterious superhacker has been working with the professor, and the description of her is all too familiar.

Professor Balder has returned to Sweden with his research, intending to take charge of his autistic son August much to the anger of his ex-wife's new partner, who has come to rely on child support payments to support his drinking habits. But Balder refuses to take no for an answer, despite not having legal custody of the boy, and takes August home. Uncommunicative up to this point, the child shows savant abilities after returning from a visit to his father's friend and recreating a snapshot of a mysterious man they passed on their way home.

Meanwhile, Lisbeth Salander has taken on the National Security Agency, crossing oceans in order to uncover some dirty laundry. The head of security, Ed Needham, is furious and vows revenge on the hacker who has disrupted his carefully planned systems. But, like her, he finds himself dragged into the world of a cyber criminal group, headed by the mysterious Thanos, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on Professor Balder's research.

From a slow-burning start to a thrilling conclusion, the understandable differences in style between Lagercrantz and Larsson make this an interesting addition to the series. The inclusion of key elements that Larsson himself introduced in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest provides familiarity for readers, and a list of main characters makes it unnecessary to revisit the trilogy before reading the new instalment. With The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Lagercrantz brings Salander and Blomkvist to the present day, touching on technology not available during Larsson's own lifetime.

A journalist and writer, David Lagercrantz was a criminal reporter at the Swedish newspaper Expressen and is the author of four novels and the bestselling sports biography, I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

See the UK Telegraph article on Why Stieg Larsson's World Can Be Resurrected

David Lagercrantz
About the author

David Lagercrantz

David Lagercrantz was born in 1962, and is an acclaimed author and journalist. As well as numerous biographies (including the internationally bestselling I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for which he was the ghostwriter) he has written four novels, of which this is the first to be translated into English. In December 2013 it was announced that he would write a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Books by David Lagercrantz

Related articles

Podcast: Fiona Lowe on how her Previous Career Helped her Write for Women

Podcast

25 February 2020

Podcast: Fiona Lowe on how her Previous Career Helped her Write for Women

    A Good Book Should Take You to Places You Have Never Been Before: Q&A with Jackie French

    News | Author Related

    25 February 2020

    A Good Book Should Take You to Places You Have Never Been Before: Q&A with Jackie French

    Authors On-The-Go: Helene Young on Keeping her Writing Afloat!

    News

    24 February 2020

    Authors On-The-Go: Helene Young on Keeping her Writing Afloat!

      Dr Rupy Aujla Talks About Cooking and Food as Medicine

      Podcast

      24 February 2020

      Dr Rupy Aujla Talks About Cooking and Food as Medicine

        Supporting Local Bookshops After the Bushfires

        News | Book Life

        20 February 2020

        Supporting Local Bookshops After the Bushfires

          Art for Wildlife

          News | Book Life

          20 February 2020

          Art for Wildlife

          How Audio Books Help Children Learn To Read

          Kids & Ya

          18 February 2020

          How Audio Books Help Children Learn To Read

          Podcast: Melissa Ashley Talks About the Fascinating Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy

          Podcast

          18 February 2020

          Podcast: Melissa Ashley Talks About the Fascinating Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy

            Authors On-the-go: Jenn J. McLeod and Myrtle the Turtle

            News | Book Life

            18 February 2020

            Authors On-the-go: Jenn J. McLeod and Myrtle the Turtle

              A One of a Kind Bookshop: Books From a Bygone Era at Love Vintage Books

              News

              18 February 2020

              A One of a Kind Bookshop: Books From a Bygone Era at Love Vintage Books

                COMMENTS

                Leave a Reply

                Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *