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8 November 2015
It's not easy reviewing this book. On the one hand it's a good continuation of the original style of writing, particularly plot wise, even if it's a bit long-winded in parts. But on the other hand it doesn't take Lisbeth's story forward at all. And that's a bummer because the heroine (or anti-heroine) holds such great allure for me as a fan of the Millennium series. I want to know more about her, dive deeper into her dark and complex psyche, so I'm not happy when she's presented as just another character in an unconvincing plot that just rambles on in places.
I understand the writer's dilemma though. It wasn't his character or story to begin with, so anything that made him take a stand on it might have been interpreted as tinkering with the original creations of Lisbeth, Blomkvist et al. The publishers, therefore, might have preferred to play it safe. But unfortunately that has had the effect of dulling the story, almost making it look caricaturish. Even though a great effort, you don't gain anything form reading this book. I long for the old Lisbeth - - intriguing, unknowable, and gritty, moving forward at her own pace. She's done now, for her creator is dead. We will never know who she was; our imagination is all we are left with.