Early last year I reviewed the fourth book in the Millenium series, and the first one not to be written by Stieg Larsson. (Read the review here). As I recall I was quite complimentary about it. I’ve now managed to get around to reading the fifth book in the series.
I had blogged about the stack of books next to my bed a couple of weeks ago (here) and how I was planning on making a start on the hardback books, as some of them were now available in paperback. This was one of those books that I had had for a while, and the only good thing about having to use Northern Rail for my commute is that because of the delays I get plenty of time to read. This book I whisked through in less than a week.
Once again we follow the lives of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist. Lisbeth is in a maximum security prison and no surprise there are other prisoners out to get her, while Mikael is trying to get her release. Lisbeth’s twin sister isn’t featured in this book, although one of the main threads through the book does involve a pair of twins.
I am gripped by this series and David Lagercrantz has written two good books, although this one didn’t feel as deep. Maybe a little too mainstream. A holiday book bought at the airport. That might be a little harsh as the original three books sold over 82 million copies.On reflection this is probably the weakest of the whole series.
Hanging over the series though is Stieg larsson’s partner, who lost a court case over his estate with his brother and father stated that Stieg would have hated anyone else to take over his writing. Many authors have had books written by other people, including Ian Fleming (James Bond), Douglas Adams (The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot).
If and when there is a sixth book in the series, I will definitely wait until it has been released in paperback, or try to find a cheap copy in a charity shop.