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The Girl in the Spider's Web

(Millennium #4)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  150,908 ratings  ·  13,619 reviews
She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hack
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Knopf (first published August 27th 2015)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nordic-noir
”It’s always the wrong people who have the guilty conscience. Those who are really responsible for suffering in the world couldn’t care less. It’s the ones fighting for good who are consumed by remorse.”

David Lagercrantz, a novelist and journalist, was asked to assume responsibility for the continuation of a trilogy of novels that frankly took the publishing industry by storm. The books left readers stunned with the marvelous insanity of the writing. More importantly Stieg Larsson created a char
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Look! I respect for the exertion, but ... man!
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This is not the lisbeth as we know. It's the lighter version of her. very light. She is just a babysitter for august, some brat hacker who hacks american government.
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But I enjoyed to read it anyway. I'll always read lisbeth's stories no matter what. I love her , I2ll always support the effort :D

Lagercrantz sanki kendi lisbeth'ini yeniden yaratmış gibiydi. Bizim tanıdığımız lisbeth'den geriye pek birşey kalmamıştı. arada bir insanlara fırlattı
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I thought this book was wonderful! I have missed Lisbeth and Blomkvist for so long. I think the new author did a great job carrying on Stieg Larsson's series.

Lisbeth is one of the coolest women out there. I love her character, I love how smart she is, oh if I could be as smart as her. I do hate her past, but I am glad that she is a character that was written to rise above all of the horrible things that happened to her.

In this new book th
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, fiction
The whole story behind the creation and release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web is actually somewhat disgusting. Series’ creator Stieg Larsson unexpectedly died from a heart attack in 2004, a year before the first novel in the Millennium trilogy was to be published. In the years that followed, the books enjoyed tremendous, widespread success as Larsson’s characters would grow a rabid fan base. Unfortunately for readers, the series would end after the publication of the third and final novel. Or ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Despite concerns over whether Stieg Larsson's wishes were being honored by the publication of this book (based on reading "There Are Things I Want You to Know" about Stieg Larsson and Me), I decided to go ahead and try it. I loved the character of Lisbeth Salander and thought if it was done well, it might be worth it. You don't encounter many characters like her.

Unfortunately, I was supremely disappointed, so much so that I can't face going back to the book after making it halfway through the au
Elyse  Walters
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Millennium Series Book 5 came out this month....so I finally finished Book 4....which has been on my shelf since 2015. I started and stopped a couple of times....It’s not a book that immediately grabs your attention... but once it gets going — it’s a full speed fast spinning ride. Hacker girl, Lisbeth, inscrutable, who is scheming follows her own timetable. She is chasing a web of spies, cyber criminals, and governments around the world. Blomkvist happens to be doing the same thing - and ( o ...more
Just as true Deadheads do not appreciate Trey Anastasio playing Jerry Garcia's lead guitar or singing his songs, David Lagercrantz is not Stieg Larsson. He has a different writing style, but Lisbeth Salander remains one of the most innovative and iconic characters in modern fiction: an antisocial goth female hacker, fighting with all her substantial might against injustice, both perceived or actual. The novel gets off to a rather slow start, with a Swedish professor abandoning his quest for self ...more
Update: read in August 2015 but decided to update in January 2016

I read the The Millennium Trilogy in anticipation of The Girl in the Spider's Web and as soon as it was out I began reading it with a lot of excitement and a little apprehension, just in case the new author doesn't live up to or come close to the writing talents of Stieg Larsson.

Well, clearly David Lagercrantz is no Stieg Larsson and everything I loved about The Millennium Trilogy was missing here. The plot was slow and tedious,
Katie B
3.5 stars

I went into this with low expectations given it wasn't written by the author of the previous three books. I think it is such a huge undertaking to jump into a beloved series and attempt to duplicate the author's voice. While there are definitely some flaws it is a decent thriller and not some horrible attempt at fan fiction.

I enjoyed revisiting Blomkvist and Salander's world although the first half of the book really suffers by bouncing around between way too many characters. However, i
Shannelle Lamour :)
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but no... I was super excited to read this to the point that I may have built it up in my head, and when it failed to deliver it made it that much more dissapointing.

Lisbeths character in the first three books was so fluid that she became such a believable person with all her quirks, silence, and way of behaving that were always so consistent. but in this book I caught myself at least fifteen plus times thinking 'Salander would never have said that'. It at times made for a frustrating
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Stieg Larrson is dead, alas.

David Lagercrantz was granted a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense that he gets to write another Lisbeth and Mikael novel, a series with a worldwide following that will certainly sell and most definitely get a lot of attention.

A curse because he takes the stage after a phenomenal opening act, a lamentable position. Rumor has it that Larrson’s partner was far from pleased about his selection by the literary executor as the writer to take over. Readers who di
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly not bad with a new author continuing the series.
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I initially was going to give this 4 stars, but decided 3 more accurately represented my feelings. I found the first third of the book tedious and I almost gave up. Like all newspapers, Millenium is in trouble and purchased by a larger company. Mikael Blomkvist is unhappy and unmotivated. There were a lot of new characters introduced, and a refresher list of previous characters was provided in the beginning. The agencies and groups involved tended to get tangled, and it was difficult to remember ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars to David Lagercrantz's The Girl in the Spider's Web, the fourth book in the "Millenium" thriller series, written by a new author given the original, Steig Larsson, passed away several years ago. While the book carries on with great characters and a similar style, it wasn't as satisfying as the originals. But who can resist Blomkvist and Lisbeth -- you can't NOT read it!

As readers come to know of this series of books, the plots are incredibly complex, intense and twisty. From a b
I’m not going to beat around the bush. This book is terrible. I suggest that if you really, really liked the first three, do not read this one. It’s poorly written. Nothing works. Not the plot, not the characters, not any of the words the author uses to describe what happens with the characters in the plot. I got to page 125 and decided I would just skim the rest because life is too short to read crappy books, but then I found myself reading more than skimming so I will count this book as “read. ...more
Not bad, but kind of confusing. It was like a whole bunch of complicated cyber-hacking sounding plot lines were thrown in a blender and the mush that came out was put into print. The author tried too hard to carry on after Larsen.

I think the reason I still liked it a bit was that I know the characters from the previous books. If this was my first time with Blomkvist and Salander, I think I would have been very puzzled.
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lagercrantz, couldn't quite get it right. It always felt like a watered down version Of Stieg Larsson. Never felt like "A Lisbeth Salander" novel. Maybe her distant cousin.
2 stars for effort.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like this kind of book I should read more like it 💜
Maria Elmvang
May 11, 2015 marked it as not-for-me
Considering that David Lagercrantz was hired by Larsson's estate, and that Eva Gabrielsson (Larsson's partner both in life and in writing) is against this continuation of the series, I'm going to stay away from it. Definitely a money-grab and nothing else.

Link to Eva's opinion in English.
Link to Eva's opinion in Danish.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I went into reading this book with the thought that it has a snowballs chance in hell to be as good as Stieg Larsson's books. I mean they are something of the best I have ever read when it comes to Swedish books (Actually when I think about it that doesn't say that much since every damn person in Sweden seems to think that they are the new Stieg Larsson or Liza Marklund or whatever). What I want to say is that even though I have been looking forward to reading the book have I also had back in my ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it

Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander

In this continuation of Stieg Larsson's 'Millenium' series by David Lagercrantz, computer hacker Lisbeth Salander protects a young boy while she investigates a conspiracy and contends with murderers. It's best to read the series in order to get a handle on the characters and their convoluted lives.


Frans Balder, a brilliant Swedish computer scientist, created a revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) program when he worked at the Solifon company in the United
When I watched the films I had no idea they were book adaptations. I always feel disappointed to find out that a movie I watched and loved is based on a book. That is because 1 and a half hour of pleasure cannot compare to the days I would spend reading such a good story. As soon as I heard about the 4th book coming out I knew the time had come!! I loved it..Absolutely gripping and addictive. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because the first chapters were a bit boring and I had to put it ...more
“What she had realized was that love was that moment when your heart was about to burst.”

---- Stieg Larsson

The journalist and the female hacker are back with a bang!

David Lagercrantz, a Swedish author, takes up the authority to continue with the legendary Millennium series of the international bestselling Swedish crime writer, Stieg Larsson. And Lagercrantz has proved that Lisbeth Salander cannot be dead, by projecting her with an immense power and energy in the latest installment of Millenni
Beatrice Masaluñga
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
My all-time favorite badass heroine returns in the fourth installment of Millennium series. I'm so pumped David Lagercrantz continues Stieg Larsson's legacy because we get more Lisbeth and Mikael but I'm skeptical too since there will be changes. I'm hopeful these changes are good and fortunately it is.

Lisbeth Salander is a legit badass feminist. She's independent, tough and loyal woman. She may be antisocial and doesn't easily trust people unless you earned it. She has a photographic memory a
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

This should never have happened. Despite some of the things I enjoyed, it didn’t do any good for Millennium and for the other things it stands for.

If there was something that set apart these novels from everything else I’ve read, was how real these characters felt. And I’m not saying it lightly. This fourth book was a shallow understanding of what Lisbeth and Mikael once were. For a reader it’s very easy to recognize when your favorite characters just aren’t there. And you might be thin
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, mystery
This is good clean fun, with none of the major problems I was prepared to pour upon it. While it isn't based on any of the notes that the deceased author left behind, only the characters and the situations, I still love the characters.

Our favorite hacker-girl is still kick-ass and running huge circles of Sci-Fi all over the more traditional mystery scene. To note: Wet get lots of references to technological singularities, emergent AIs, MMORPGS, darknet, and even an ill-conceived MCU geekspew.

Mar 31, 2015 added it
So, I haven't been able to read as much as I'd like, I've been struggling with motivation, and time, and stuff, so picking up this book and attempting to go through it might not have been the best idea.

This book is sloooow. It drags too much, there are many descriptions of unimportant things, and I just couldn't force myself to finish it.


When I first heard about this book I was upset because they are only continuing the series for obvious money reasons, and there is no way the
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I read the 3 Stieg Larsson books back to back sometime ago and loved them and felt so disappointed that the 10 book Millenium series had been cut short by the death of the author. So when I heard that the series was to be continued by David Lagercrantz I was both excited and intrigued to see how successful he would be. Overall I would say that he does a good job picking up the pieces and continuing with the series which must have been no easy task.

I thought that the story was very slow paced pro
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok

04.01.15 --


I flipped my SHIT when I saw this. My dream of having more Lisbeth has come true. I hope this is where we finally meet her twin.

Sept 2015 --

2/5 stars ~

0.5/1 for plot
0.5/1 for characters and character development
0.5/1 for writing style/translation
0.5/1 for pace
0/1 for world-building

My feelings about this continuation of Stieg Larsson's beloved Millennium series are unexpectedly conflicted. This has nothing to do with the supposed battle lines that have been drawn between
BAM the enigma
everything and the kitchen sink is thrown into this plot leaving the reader scratching her head

I felt like the author kept thinking of things to write about until he got to the last chapter and said,"uh-oh now I have to link this hodgepodge".

Honestly I was right there with the author until he started talking comic books and began adding characters.

Fans of the original series, just skip this

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David Lagercrantz, born in 1962, is a journalist and author, living in Stockholm. His first book was published in 1997, a biography of the Swedish adventurer and mountaineer Göran Kropp. In 2000 his biography on the inventor Håkan Lans, A Swedish Genious, was published. His breakthrough as a novelist was Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a fictionalised novel about the British mathematician Alan Turing. In ...more

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