I very rarely pre-order books, in fact, I have only pre-ordered two this year – The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye was one of them, that should give you an indication of my excitement for this book. Oh, and look at that beautiful cover!
Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women’s prison for saving a young boy’s life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind.
Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week – and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood.
Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck – that looked as if it had been burned by a dragon’s fire . . .
The tension, power and unstoppable force of The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye are inspired by Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, as Salander and Blomkvist continue the fight for justice that has thrilled millions of readers across the world.
Translated from the Swedish by George Goulding
Firstly, I want to say: it was such a joy to be back in the presence of Lisbeth Salander! She’s an amazing character shrouded in an aura of invincibility. Against unbeatable odds, she prospers – even when injured, she comes face to face with a six foot plus guy with muscles galore, she prospers! Some may find this slightly annoying/unrealistic but I love it – she’s one fierce female and I advise you not to get in her way!
“First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge.”
Now, I’m done [I’ll never really be done] fangirling over Lisbeth, let’s look specifically at The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, the fifth book in the Millennium series. The first three books in this series where penned by Stieg Larsson and the fourth and fifth by Largercrantz. I highly recommend you start with book one, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in order to gain maximum enjoyment from these books and stay up to date with all that has occurred. At the start of this novel you get some illustrations of maps of Sweden and a run-through of the main characters in the series, although this serves more as a refresher than a place to gather all the relevant information needed before starting this book.
There are two storylines running throughout this novel. Firstly, the case of Faria, a fellow inmate in Flodberga prison who is being bullied by the notorious Benito. In true Lisbeth fashion, she cannot stand by and do nothing, and so she intervenes, violently, and this has consequences. Faria’s storyline is an interesting one and made a great subplot to accompany the main storyline.
And the main storyline is one we’ve all been waiting for, Lisbeth finally tracking down the source of her childhood terror, coming face to face with woman with the birthmark on her neck. And alongside her, helping to investigate is Mikael Blomkvist, our trusted reporter from Millennium Magazine. What I love about their investigation is the slowness at which things are revealed – there were several moments when ‘the penny dropped,’ you know that moment when things sudden click and you realise what’s happened , also known as that ‘aha moment’. I love those and Lagercrantz creates a few of those moments. I also love that the threat is always near, Lisbeth is never 100% safe and this added a level of tension to the entire read.
One of the things I love about book series is the familiarity of the characters, and that familiarity is in abundance here, right down to the Hacker Republic – the coalition of Hacker’s, in which Lisbeth is known as Wasp, make an appearance when they are very much needed.
I really enjoyed this novel and I’m so glad I pre-ordered it and didn’t leave it sitting on my shelf for ages. This novel will always face criticism as it wasn’t written by Larsson – the Millennium trilogy penned by Larsson will forever be iconic, and the best three books in the series, owing to the fact Larsson created these characters and he had a truly unique writing style. But I think Lagercrantz has done a wonderful job continuing the series, particularly with this novel, as ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ left me a little upset at how little Lisbeth was featured.
Really, I’m just happy to be in the presence of Lisbeth Salander again, see I told you, I’ll never be done fangirling!