Throwback Thursday is a weekly book meme created by the lovely Renee at It’s Book Talk.
“It began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere.” (Credit; It’s Book Talk)
In aniticpation for the release of THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE, my pick for this week is a book I read back in 2015….
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB by David Lagercrantz
Published; August 27th 2015, MacLehose Press
“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 . . . ”
For a moment I was thinking that this was “The Girl Who Only Shows Up in Cameos” rather than the title to this book!
We spend the first half of the book understanding why the crime has taken place and who are the key players.
Then all of the drama starts and we read more of our two heroes building to a big finale which for me was over a little too quickly. (I do love a good Mexican stand off!)
Saying all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had my reservations of a new author taking on somebody else’s work/characters, but Lagercrantz did very well. He explored further the origins of Wasp and also what became of Lisbeth’s’ twin sister; Camilla.
I would wonder whether Lagercrantz had access to Larsson’s unpublished fourth Millennium novel? There was a great mixture of action, suspense and mystery – tie that with a subject matter which most people are interested in – then add Salander and Blomvkist and you are onto a winner.
Until next week – Happy Reading!