“The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye” by David Lagercrantz is a continuation of the “Lisbeth Salander Millennium Series” started by Stieg Larsson. This installment starts out quite tamely when compared with the frantic pace of the earlier works, but all the familiar characters are there. Lisbeth Salander is in Flodberga women’s after the events from the previous book. Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of Millennium travels by bus to visit her, and reads a book by one of his (and my) favorite authors, Peter May.
Several distinct but ultimately intertwined story lines run throughout the book. Blomkvist is investigating the unsettling manipulation of the Swedish financial markets. Salander takes up the cause of an unjustly imprisoned young woman, and at the same time is investigating a long-ago controversial and inhumane project involving twins, including her and her twin sister. Of course, none of these investigations go smoothly, and all are filled with dishonesty, danger, and duplicity.
Other characters play prominent roles in this book, and while it may seem that Salander and Blomkvist function in the background, ultimately everyone is interconnected in surprising ways. There is less computer hacking and less graphic violence in this book, but there is still plenty of action, drama, attempted assassination, trauma, blood, and murder.
In the process, we learn more about Salander and more about that dragon tattoo. Each segment of the story line is well developed, and eventually they all weave together.
I liked the previous books in the “Millennium” series, and I liked this one as well. David Lagercrantz has been able to walk the tightrope of maintaining the spirit of Larsson‘s successful series while at the same time growing the characters and making them his own. No, it is not the original “girl,” but we really would not want it to be just another formula book. Some things remain the same, but many more things grow and change, as they do in real life. Now we just wait for the next adventure.