“The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz is a book that should never have seen the light of day.
I have always been a huge fan of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. One of my favorites that I have read a number of times. These three books had it all. Amazing characters, mystery you name it these books had it.
When it was over I wanted to read more about Lisbeth and Mikael. Who wouldn’t but with all things now a days be careful what one wishes for.
And then David Lagercrantz took over.
Let me say that the first two books by David Lagercrantz were ok. Again nothing to write home about and not even close to what the original trilogy was. But again they were ok.
Now here we are at book #6 ‘The Girl Who Lived Twice’ and I feel its time to put the series to rest. This was clearly a cash grab.
Its a very cookie cutter book that mimics his past two books and did not feel like a Lisbeth Salander story.
Lisbeth is doing something over there and might email Mikael. And Mikael is covering something else and then the two stores that have nothing to do with each other come together for whatever reason and you get a scene with Mikael and Lisbeth in the same room. Now this format kind of worked for the other books but now its getting old.
On top of that there is far too much detail in certain areas that I don’t need to read about. I don’t need to read about the size of the bed, who sleeps with who or how he walked from point A to B. Too much information about side characters I don’t care about. Also what is with this odd and very boring dialogue that really goes no where. Could this be an issue about being lost in translation? There is no flow to this story at all.
Might this book have been better had Lisbeth and Mikael been in the same room working one case about the homeless person. Yes. Maybe if the interacting and dialogue had been better. This book sets up the plot line of trying to find Lisbeth’s sister Camilla which for some reason is NOT the main part of the story.
Side note: the fact that their father suddenly took a different interest in the sister which was not part of any of the other books is uncalled for.
So instead we are tying to track down a homeless man which ties into a story about climbing Mount Everest. Oh and lets add a dozen more names of people I can’t keep apart.
The ending is so over the top…I kept shaking my head. Yes I have read better fan fiction. Thank goodness I borrowed this book from the library. Not to mention the fact that the ending of the book isn’t really an ending.
But its clear this series will never be at the top ever again. Or even try to attempt that level. And with his sad excuse of a book its clear its time to put it to rest. Let Lisbeth and Mikael go.
Skip this book. It is not a Lisbeth Salander story. Its a cheap imitation. Want to read something good. Stick with Stieg Larsson’s original Trilogy.