The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz || Book Review

I read the original Millennium trilogy earlier this year and those books kept me on the edge of my seat!

Each book progressed with unfolding secrets about Lizbeth as well as having a plot that ran, even intertwined, with her past, present and even future.

I was a little worried about the standard of the books dropping with David Lagercrantz taking over the stories. We’ll never know what Stieg Larsson envisioned for the rest of the series prior to his passing, and if David was keeping true to the original ideas or taking a path in his own direction.

Whatever the answer may be, this book really held a high standard for me and I enjoyed the direction it went in. You can still feel this isn’t the same author who started Lisbeth and Mikael’s journey but nonetheless, it upheld their legacy to continue.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2015

Pages: 544
Format: E-book

Plot from GoodReads:

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…


Lisbeth remains to be one of my favourite lead female characters in the book world and I was so excited to see her story continue after the ending of the previous book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.

There are more reveals about her past and some of those events are a real challenge to swallow and keep down, due to some of the more shocking details but again, all these pieces of the puzzle help to understand her character more and know why she is the way she is.

It’s also amazing too see that despite all the she has faced as a young child and then later on, she stir managed to keep her head above water and push through.

There’s so much blackmail to sit through in the book, and luckily it’s not all repetitive information but added on to the growing plot and excitement around it. I mean excitement about the growing tension and suspense, not the bad things that happen in the book, of course.

The boy with Autism was a great addition to the story and I absolutely loved the lengths Lisbeth went to to protect him, even though it endangered her own life so many times. She’s know to old readers for standing up for justice, in whatever way neccessary, and she hasn’t faltered in that characteristic anywhere.

I liked the added details from Blomkvist, going back to events that happened in the previous books. It’s a good touch considering the previous book was published in 2007 and this one in 2015. These parts served well in remembering all the major events leading up to this book, especially for those that hadn’t picked up the original trilogy in a few years.


The book’s ending has a great build up towards the next book, and the cliffhanger made you feel like taking a plunge straight into it.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.79 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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More reviews from the Millennium series

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Played with Fire – Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Takes an Eye for an Eye – David Lagercrantz
The Girl Who Lived Twice – David Lagercrantz

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