Monday, 28 September 2015

Book Review : The Girl In the Spider's Web


Stieg Larsson's Millennium series is one of the most popular thrillers in the last decade. The concept of 'The Girl' with a dragon tattoo and piercings all over, trying to hack through the most difficult networks in the world appealed to a wide range of readers worldwide. Lisbeth Salander has a unique character that stands for a lot of things taken away from her when she was a child. She went through a lot of abuse and trauma to emerge as a very strong woman who can nonchalantly hack through any computer but has her own ethics. She doesn't do it for fun, or to victimize anybody; she has her own reasons. Working with the formidable journalist Mikael Blomkvist, they unlocked mysteries together and embarked on dangerous journeys in the previous books.

This time, Lisbeth Salander is back, and she's recreated by David Lagercrantz. The book is translated by George Goulding. It doesn't begin with Lisbeth at action, but concentrates on unfolding the mysterious case of a computer scientist. Mikael Blomkvist seems a tired and bruised man trying to save his job at Millennium. When he's connected to the scientist, he becomes sudden witness to a murder and things begin to roll. No book in this series can be written without Lisbeth and she plays a major role here too.

David Lagercrantz has done a good job in continuing the series. It may not be comparable with Stieg Larsson, but it definitely has the flavour. Lagercrantz has blended his own style into the characters and done a commendable job with Blomkvist and Salander this time. I guess the readers would like to read more of them in the coming years.


Hachette has organized an amazing giveaway for the Millennium series. Here are the guidelines: 
  • The giveaway prizes will be provided by Hachette India, subject to availability.
  • Hachette India is not responsible for prizes that are lost in the mail.
  • The giveaway will be in India ONLY.
  • Any disputes arising from this contest are subject to jurisdiction in Delhi.
  • Winners will be determined by the management of Hachette India. The decision of the management will be final and no queries will be entertained in this regard.
  • The entries may be screened for defamatory content/language. Hachette India reserves the right for last minute cancellation and change in terms and conditions.
  • Participants should be Indian residents.
  • The contest will start on 17th September, 2015 at midnight and end on 16th October, 2015 at midnight. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Spam entries or entries that are not valid will be immediately disqualified
  • There will be seven (7) winners. Each winner will win a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest , The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl in the Spider's Web and one book from the titles listed below:
    1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
    4. Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
    5. The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
    6. An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
    7. Rescue by Nicolas Sparks
    8. Under the Dome by Stephen King
    9. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
    10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    11. The Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth by Subroto Bagchi
    12. In Spite of the Gods by Edward Luce
    13. Living History by Hillary Clinton
    14. To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
    15. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
    16. Theodore Boone,Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
    17. One Day by David Nicholls
    18. The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
    19. Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer and Yvonne Gilbert
    20. The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey
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The Sunday Visitor.


  1. Hi SV - how great to read Lisbeth Salander has been recreated and obviously quite well done - I'm sure many will be fascinated to have another read and get back into her world ... they certainly were great reads. Cheers Hilary

  2. Seems like a very interesting read. Will surely participate! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Never enjoy SV genre, but I know lots of folks do.


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