For those who loved Steig Larsson’s Millenium series and the riveting character Lisbeth Salander, the saga continues in David Lagercrantz’s The Girl In The Spider’s Web. Lagercrantz’s managed to keep the voice and characters true to Larsson’s original vision in The Millenium Series.
This time, the conspiracy surrounds a prominent scientist working on Artifical Intelligence research and involves a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments from around the world. The research has been stolen and the scientist murdered. The police, Salander and Blomkvist are all separately (and for different reasons) trying to find the people behind it.
The premise for Spider’s Web was solid, intriguing, and very much in the style of the previous books. Often times, it was too technical which bogged down the pace. Also, the focus jumped between so many different characters, it was often confusing and hard to follow. I found myself yearning for more Salander and Blomkvist, and the chapters involving them were few. Lagercrantz’s depiction of Salander seemed to be missing something; the edge and rawness in this antihero that made her so compelling and was evident in Larsson’s writing. That being said, it was still an entertaining book.
Steig Larsson’s work is impossible to replicate and will live forever in fiction history. David Lagercrantz took on an impossible task, made a valiant effort, but fell short of the target.