Book Review : The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (Millennium#4)

There was a lot of anticipation with The Girl in the Spider’s Web since the series of Millinneum was returning after quite a big break and author had big shoes to fill in with his new book as he had to carry on the legacy created by the original author. To me the problem with the book lies in the multitude of the interwoven layers. It for me was exactly a web and i kept tumbling inside trying to grasp the main threads.

The Girl in the Spider's Web
The Girl in the Spider’s Web Official Synopsis

The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series.

Written by Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz, this much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (What Doesn’t Kill You)


The Girl in the Spider’s Web RWAT Take

If you are picking this book, then prepare yourself to dedicate a good amount of concentration and time to the book because there is so much going on inside the plot and with its Sub characters that you have to track the mentality and background stories of each of these characters.

I never really appreciate as to how the narration keeps fluctuating between various characters breaking the flow and it necessarily does not has the smoothest story flow. it keeps fluctuating between various characters and that too quite abruptly without giving a smooth transition. This hampers the reading flow and the ability to fully observe a particular instance or scene and what I didn’t also like about the book is that it moves quite slow

The Girl in the Spider’s web is a continuation of a series that we had all loved and cherished and because of which the book had huge expectations and somewhere the book partly does tries to sync in with the series. Keeping this book as separate and different from millennium series, I would say that the book is tricky and is not definitely an easy read.

The reason is that there are an array of characters and each of these characters take up a whole lot of space in introducing themselves. While it is perfectly understandable, when done for walking in and out characters, these details just starts making the reading a cumbersome experience.There were lot of things that had to be kept in mind. Literally each sub plots had to be mentally drafted and chased with a thread and breadcrumbs to understand the bigger picture.

I think this would be the perfect time to grab the book since the movie adaptation of the book is already hitting the silver screens soon and i had even mentioned the same in one of my articles


The book would be a treat for those who love their thriller and love solving puzzles inside the plots. For those who love their book to be simple less intricate, this would be a tough book. I would say that the lisbeth slander we know might feel a bit more open and less mystique compared to previous book. But it definitely is a musty book .

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