Micro review: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

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Lisbeth Salander, our favourite girl with the dragon tattoo, is back in Swedish author David Lagercrantz’s novel, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. Steig Larsson’s untimely death brought a sad stop to his energetic Millenium series. But the popularity of Lisbeth and the jaw-dropping action compelled Larsson’s estate to choose David Lagercrantz to continue the series with a fourth adventure, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The fifth book is here now, and it can’t get any better.

Continuing from the last book, Lisbeth Salander is seen serving a two-month sentence in Flodberga, a maximum-security women’s prison in Sweden, for unlawful use of property and reckless endangerment while solving a murder case. Lisbeth doesn’t mind her imprisonment, but gets annoyed when she finds a gang leader Benito Andersson torturing a docile young Bangladeshi prisoner Faria Kazi. Andersson marks Lisbeth as an enemy, and Lisbeth soon hacks into some confidential files, true to her nature.

Lisbeth’s hacking skills lead her to tell investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist about one Leo Mannheimer. Blomkvist and Lisbeth both dig deep to find out about Registry, a shady organization somehow connected to Mannheimer and Faria. It is then evident that the Registry can kill to protect its secrets. On the other hand, Benito Andersson, now an escaped prisoner, wants to murder Lisbeth.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is a worthy successor of Larsson’s trilogy. Author Lagercrantz seems to steer the saga in a new direction which is dark, thrilling, and powerful. Larsson’s employment of an eccentric feminism has perhaps turned into a saner one in Lagercratz’s version, but the charm and magnetic personality of Lisbeth Salander remains the same.

How critics view the book:

Kirkus Reviews writes, “Lagercrantz doesn’t falter in the mayhem department… Larsson fans certainly won’t be disappointed.”

Quercus Books writes in a review, “Some fictional characters prove too popular to die . . . Such is the case with Lisbeth Salander . . . Lagercrantz is doing a wonderful job. It would be hard to imagine a sequel more faithful to its work of origin than this one, which emulates the spirit and the style of the original trilogy.”

Book Depository writes, “Lagercrantz’s compassion for the underdog adds genuine emotion to his baroque plotting. There is much to admire in the way he has grasped a tricky assignment – to continue one of the big­gest hits of recent years. Roll on the next ‘girl'”.

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