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- Print Length: 323 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (August 27, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 27, 2019
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KQNN4CC
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The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series Kindle Edition
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"A quest for revenge and atonement that plumbs the depths of Russian troll factories and scales the heights of Mount Everest." –TIME
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“The Girl Who Lived Twice” is book #6 in the Lisbeth Salander/Millennium series that was started by Stieg Larsson. It’s a pale imitation of his robust, quality fiction. David Lagercrantz tried to use the plot as the driving force of this installment but he was not successful. In order for a book to be driven by the plot it needs strong characters and Lagercrantz fails at this task, in a big way.
The heroine in this story is hollow and empty and this is her 6th book; development is seriously lacking. Actually, the new character of Mikael and the secondary “baddies” were far more interesting. The relationship between Lisbeth and her sister Camilla could have been the driving point for the story but it got lost in the uneven plotting.
Parts of the story read well and are engaging. Lagercrantz can write thriller and mystery fiction and that aspect of the book flowed well, at times. There are lots of layers and complexities that make the story interesting during the central part of this novel. Unfortunately, all the necessary pieces just don’t come together to support the arcs.
The ending of this book is just preposterous, contrived and convoluted. Plot points need to be tied up, questions need answers, people need resolutions books need quality endings or they are just a collection of words. This is not a cliffhanger, it’s a very sad bon voyage for this once premier series📚
Lisbeth has a secondary role here, and even though her conflict with her sister Camilla is built from the early pages, she is mainly busy with hacking in order to help Mikael to uncover the truth about a suspicious suicide of a foreign man who was once a guide at Mountain Everest. The main plotline seems compelling enough in the first part of the novel but it quickly reveals its weak structure and lack of inspiration. When the reader learns the truth about the beggar's suicide in the third and final part of the book, he is not sure if he really cares any longer. The subplot concerning the feud between Lisbeth and Camilla is equally dull and the final showdown is so implausible that almost makes you laugh.
David Lagercrantz's prose has a nice flow, but seems to be rather naive in some parts while the characterization in "The Girl Who Lived Twice" is not as strong as it was in the previous two novels. Both the two protagonists, Mikael and Lisbeth, seem to be constantly out of depth, while the secondary characters and villains, who were one of the most interesting aspects in S. Larsson's original "Millenium" trilogy, are outlined in an awkward manner. Lagercrantz tries to connect the book's plotline with those of the previous two but even that is unsuccessful as the result seems -more or less- forced.
There was a major conflict between the Larsson's family members, Stieg's father and brother, and Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg's partner for more than thirty years, regarding the rights in the "Millenium" legacy. Gabrielsson claims to be the only person suitable to continue the series, as she was involved in some parts in the original trilogy -though not in the writing process itself- mainly having to do with some of the characters and locations used in the novels. Thus, she was not supportive to D. Lagercrantz's writing endeavor, but the Larsson family, who finally inherited the rights, aggreed and gave him the green light to extend the series. The reading audience was divided into two groups, with some absolutely loving the new novels and others hating it. Personally, I was positive from the beginning as I'm in favor of bold writing experiments like this one. Unfortunately, "The Girl Who Lived Twice", which is the last book in the series written by Lagercrantz, left me with a bitter taste and as I finished reading, I couldn't help but feeling kind of nostalgic remembering the original trilogy's brilliance.
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This is still a pretty good novel, it's just not up to the very high standard set by all of the previous works (by various authors). The main plot is just a bit too thin to support the weight of the events depicted although, to be fair, it might be a bit more important to folk in Sweden.
Then there's the way in which the story unfolds. Chapters are punctuated by 'flashbacks' or tales relayed by those present at the time. As a result, the story is very slowly teased out over the course of the entire book. Not only did this story fail to grip me but I guessed the 'shock revelation' part way through. And it wasn't that shocking. Part way through the book I just couldn't care what had happened all those years ago on a mountainside.
As with other, similar, books, I also struggled a bit with the unfamiliar names. It wasn't helped by the author, confusingly, alternating between referring to characters by their christian names in one sentence and their surnames in the next.
But the worst sin of all was the way that the action sequences were handled. I could cite incidents here but that would involve spoilers so suffice to say that Ms Salander escapes a series of tricky situations by increasingly unbelievable means. In one instance, in the middle of a gunfight, our heroine leaps onto her motorbike and rides away while an array of armed villains stand and watch. The credibility of the whole story is broken by these sequences.
While I'm on about stretching credulity, again I can't give details without a spoiler but Blomquvist suffers horrendous injuries from which no one could, possibly, recover yet we are told that he will, in fact, be OK.
So, I'm sorry, but this is far from the best book within which Lisbeth Salander is a major character. But, as she is in it, it's still worth a read.
As his successor
There was plenty of content , a mystery within a mystery, a historical story line that was seemingly unconnected but ultimately the root of the problem and a conclusion to lizbeth family trouble
Still worth reading and perhaps you’ll disagree with my assessment
While Lagercrantz had previously spent a great amount of time adding his own material to Lisbeth’s past, here he focuses only on what both he and Stieg Larsson previously wrote. His focus on Russian intelligence and cyber trolls offers particularly timely commentary. Though Lagercrantz still doesn’t quite match Larsson’s style, he ably balances several story threads and offers a satisfying resolution to the events he set in motion in “The Girl in the Spider's Web.” In my opinion, this is the strongest of Lagercrantz’s three “Millennium” series novels.
Against the back drop of a failed Everest expedition, a dead homeless man & all the usual suspects the story moves along at a decent pace so one never feels bored bit it’s not Stig Larsson although it comes very close