The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Before I started to read The a Girl in the Spider’s Web I had the concern that most of us who enjoyed Steig Larsson’s Millenium trilogy had … Would David Lagercrantz be able to follow in some very accomplished footsteps?
I was determined not to prejudge his story or his interpretation of some well established characters.
The story revolves around an autistic savant child, August Balde. His father, on the brink of pulling the rug from underneath some very high powered and influential criminals, is murdered ; August is the only witness and with his remarkable savant abilities can identify the killer and bring the whole criminal empire crashing down. So the race is on to exterminate him…or save him. Enter Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.
I think David Lagercrantz does a great job keeping us on tenterhooks with his excellently researched trail of intrigue, deceit and murder.
There is a superb cameo from Lisbeth’s mostly forgotten twin sister Camilla. Some evil lady is she … and the door has been left wide open for a return battle between the siblings.
My two criticisms. I felt the background got a little bit technical, but maybe that’s me; for a man who can just manage to email, search Amazon and contribute to Facebook I found some of the computer wizardry heavy going. And, and this is a big AND, what happened to Monica Figuerola? Stig Larsson built up this super fit, sexy, Wonder Woman who got Mikael’s Y-fronts off ( mind you, who didn’t) and you left her out.
She needs to be in Millenium 5
A very good read.

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