David Lagercrantz – The Girl in the Spider’s Web [REVIEW]

Title: The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Author: David Lagercrantz

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 482

Rating: 3.5/5

This is the fourth book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and the first of them to have been written after his death by David Lagercrantz. The main problem that I have is that it’s been about ten years since I read the original trilogy and so I didn’t remember much. I was actually grateful for the huge list of characters at the start of the book, even though it was kind of intimidating.

But this also works in Lagercrantz’ favour, because I’m sure he’s sick of people comparing his work to Larsson’s and I can’t really do that. What I will say is that it was a competently written crime thriller with plenty of twists and turns along the way, although the pacing was occasionally questionable and it took a decent amount of time to get going. I also can’t say how much of that is due to Lagercrantz and how much of it is thanks to George Goulding, the book’s translator.

It was also interesting for me to read this because my Leipfold series of cosy mysteries have been compared occasionally to the original trilogy, and so it was nice to reacquaint myself with Salander and to see what she has in common with Maile O’Hara. The two are similar in some ways and totally different in others, and I’m not convinced that they’d get on. They’re probably familiar with each other’s usernames, though.

This is the first of three new books in the Millennium series and I have all three of them ready to go, and while I’ll admit that I put off picking this one up for a while, I think I did it a disservice. When I finally got through it, I found it to be super enjoyable, although it wasn’t a particularly quick or easy read. It’s the kind of book where you have to pay attention to what you’re reading if you want to get a lot out of it.

For people like myself who like both crime and cosy mystery, there’s a lot here to like, although I will say that I personally could have been quite happy if there had been a little bit more gore. I liked the techy stuff though, if only because I’m a sucker for books where we investigate the way that technology has changed and is continuing to change society. There’s certainly plenty of that here, but we also don’t need to worry about the author mishandling it. Lagercrantz either knows his stuff or has worked with a consultant who does.

All in all then, I’m glad that I read this one and I’m now excited to keep going, even though I will still alternate between these books and some others.

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John Wyndham – Chocky [REVIEW]

Title: Chocky

Author: John Wyndham

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 158

Rating: 4/5

This book was interesting because it took a look at childhood imaginary friends but then took the concept further. It’s kind of unclear the extent to which Chocky has an influence on his/her host, or even what its preferred pronouns are. In fact, it was kind of forward-thinking in the way that it covered that in the first place.

I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this one, although it was shorter than it could have been. That meant that it ended up feeling as though not a huge amount had happened, although there was plenty of time along the way for us to think about the implications of what’s going on.

It’s also more of a psychological and domestic drama than anything else, which isn’t usually for me. But it worked here and showed that Wyndham is a boss.

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