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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

(Millennium #5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  53,267 ratings  ·  4,771 reviews
From the author of the number one international best seller The Girl in the Spider's Web, the new book in the Millennium series, which began with Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able
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Published September 12th 2017 by Random House Audio (first published September 7th 2017)
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Robert Rouhier I would have to answer for myself. Is David Lagercrantz as decent a writer as Stieg Larsson?, i would have to answer yes But, he has a slightly…moreI would have to answer for myself. Is David Lagercrantz as decent a writer as Stieg Larsson?, i would have to answer yes But, he has a slightly different way of writing, so i have accepted that he is a good writer but slightly different then Stieg. As long as he keeps the story alive and interesting i will keep reading. So enjoy the characters in this story line.(less)
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James Elliot Leighton
Absolutely pathetic. Clumsy, dull, slow. It has unbelievable characters, improbable situations, implausible plotting. Lagercrantz is nothing like Stieg Larsson, he is destroying a franchise that was popular world-wide. He has Lisbeth as a Wonder Woman who can beat the crap out of six foot two, physically fit men, drop them and dislocate a shoulder with a couple of punches. Ludicrous. He has not the faintest clue about computer hacking, nor many other areas of modern technology. A waste of time. ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-noir
“First you find out the truth. then you take revenge.”

There are just times when the laws of the land get things wrong. Our uber hip, ominously dangerous heroine, Miss Lisbeth Salander, is in Flodberga prison for two months because, in the course of saving an autistic child from his abuser, she got…too aggressive.

She did. I was there. I saw it with my reader’s eye. She beat the shit out of that low life, steaming pile of excrement.

Knowing Lisbeth as I do, this is my fifth book experience with
I think I am kind of jaded by this series at this point. Honestly, I did enjoy the second two books of the original trilogy, but I was not a huge fan of the original novel and, with these two that have come out by a different author, I am skeptical, but I want to give them a chance. I did enjoy this book, even more than the last one, but I think if it was not connected to this series, I might have enjoyed it more.

First thing, in general, I enjoyed the story. Also, the returning characters were
May 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This book is Chaotic and pretty much without a plot, not to mention it was written in such a stilted manner. Is Lagercrantz intent on destroying Larsson's legacy?
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've enjoyed this series immensely, even the last book written by Lagercrantz. But this book just lacked something. It seemed to spend the first meandering around without truly setting up a definitive plot line. As you would expect, there remain lots of moving pieces throughout the book with lots of very current themes- hacking of the financial markets, fentanyl, Muslim fanatics. Despite the multiple themes, it's often far too easy to see where the storyline is going.

There are lots of
When I read and reviewed The Girl in the Spider's Web, I really was of the opinion that Lagercrantz's version of Lisbeth Salander was a shadow of the woman that Stieg Larsson had made a household name. In this latest installment of the series, I feel that author and character are becoming more comfortable with each other. I also felt that Salander and Blomkvist' s relationship was written so much better and I loved the continued exploration of their strange alliance.

But I still have my issues,
Lagercrantz returns with his second offering in the Lisbeth Salander series focusing on the personal history of Lisbeth as a child that she can barely remember or understand. Lisbeth has been unjustly imprisoned at Flodberga women's prison, which Lisbeth is indifferent to her position as she focuses on her interest in science. She is not, however, going to let the bullying and abuse of Bangladeshi Faria Kazi by psychopath, Benito, a woman that everyone is afraid of, including the prison warden, ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Commissioned to continue the Millenium series, David Lagercrantz seeks to carve out his own niche while remaining true to Stieg Larsson’s foundation. Here, the reader remembers some of the issues that faced Lisbeth Salander, now sitting in prison for the computer crimes she committed. While on the inside, Salander shows her highly aggressive side as she protects a vulnerable Muslim prisoner who is accused of a murder, but espouses her innocence. When the prison gang leader learns that Salander ...more
Kevin Kuhn
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Millennium Series. I enjoyed this story almost as much as I enjoyed Stieg Larsson’s earlier books starting with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. I know there are many who feel that David Lagercrantz does not stand up to Larsson’s writing, but I think it comes close enough. I’m not saying it’s better than the first three, just that it holds up to the series.

The main appeal for me is always the kickass Lisabeth Salander character and Lagercrantz understands that
My reading style is eclectic, and I'd probably use the same term to describe this series and book. I first picked up the 'Millennium' series when I saw all the hype and read the description of the published novels. I particularly love genealogical mysteries, and when you toss in some thrills and suspense, it's likely a good fit for my reading preferences. I absolutely adored and rated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in my top books of all time. I read the next two in the series and was saddened ...more
Katie B
3.5 stars

This is a tough book to review because even though I liked it for the most part, it just felt slightly off when comparing it to the first four books of the series. Part of the problem for me was there was little Millennium newsroom storyline which I didn't realize until now I actually needed in these books. Couple that and Lisbeth in prison, and everything just felt different in this one. I know other people had a problems with the fourth book but I honestly thought it was a fairly good
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please read the following review in the context of my overarching belief that Lisbeth Salander is an iconic figure in contemporary fiction.

Lisbeth is in a maximum security prison, serving time for her overly aggressive methods to rescue an autistic child in Lagercrantz's first book. The prison ward is run by a psychotic inmate, who has adopted the name Benito, who is abusing a young Arab women, who has been wrongfully jailed in connection with family honor issues. Lisbeth cannot abide injustice:
Ninoska Goris
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Si no tienes mucho tiempo para leer, no comiences este libro. Dejarás todo de lado y no harás más nada, solo leer hasta terminarlo. Es cierto que al principio es un poco lento en lo que nos dan los detalles, pero luego va todo a la carrera.

Es desde diferentes puntos de vista lo que enriquece la historia y siempre queda en suspenso y no sabes si leer más rápido o saltarte páginas y saber qué pasa.

En esta oportunidad Lisbeth está presa por defender a un niño autista de su
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not even good if you see it as a fan-fic, not connected to great works of Stieg Larsson. I would much rather rate it a 0 but as it is impossible.
Save your money. This story is not about Lisbeth Salander. Sure, it mentions her every now and then, but it's not about her. Read only if you wish to see how David Lagercrantz butcher the characters completely, stips them of their principles and well established quirks. Nothing is good about this book. Nothing. It makes me cry inside to think that he
Tanja Berg
A totally superfluous addition to the "Millenium" universe. I should have known better than to read this. It's a travesty how the legacy of Stieg Larsson is being used. It's a wonder he doesn't turn in his grave and rise from the dead to haunt the culprits.

I finished though, and I don't know what that says about me. Probably less than having bought this in the first place. The beginning is enticing enough for me to be drawn in, and the plot is interesting enough. However, the language - the
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointing end to one of my favorite series! It was a mess...too long, too much unnecessary detail and an unsatisfying ending.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fans of the 'Millenium Series' know that Stieg Larsson, the original author, passed away after writing the third book. Subsequent stories have been written by David Lagercrantz, who hits his stride with this book (IMO).


As this fifth book in the 'Millenium Series' opens, Lisbeth Salander is in Flodberga Prison - sentenced to two months for refusing to cooperate with the (compromised) police while protecting an endangered autistic boy (in book four). Salander is indifferent to her
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Lagercrantz continues the Millennium series and does a fine job. The character of Lisbeth Salander continues to be the bad ass girl I crave to read more about.

Lisbeth finds herself in prison and while there she continues to create trouble for herself, but for all the right reasons. I don't know what this says about me, but I like the prison scenes. On a slightly different track, Leo's past unfolds and it is good! When Lisbeth is released she learns a few truths and this girl doesn't get
The latest action packed addition to the Millennium saga. Once again Lisbeth Salander comes out on top despite overwhelming odds. As usual there is enough action to please followers of this series. Nothing can come close to the first in this series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Lisbeth Salander and Mikhail Blomkvist still make for great entertainment.
Lisbeth almost seems superhuman but she has suffered so much at the hands of the evil cold blooded people who just looked at her as part
Barbara Bryan
Insufficient words to properly express how truly bad this book is. The writing is infantile, at first I attributed it to the translation but that's not the case. The story line is impossible to follow and I have to finally let one of my favorite literary characters go. Goodbye to Lisbeth Salander and I mourn Stieg Larsson again. Read 80 pages, DNF.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I touch upon the fact that I hate David Lagercrantz as the person who continued this series down below, but I will actually review the book here.

I found this, as a book, holds up really well. I enjoyed the plot and I liked the characters. I do not think this book holds up in the series at all. I really enjoyed the mystery, I liked the government conspiracy aspect, along with the side characters involved in the mystery, but I didn't like how this continued the series. I didn't like where
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Around 3*s.
IMO, Simon Vance is an exceptional narrator, and as soon as I heard his familiar voice- I was-"Ooh, I'm going to love this." I didn't. I did enjoy the parts where "the beyond kickass" Lisbeth was on the scene, and wish there were many, many more of them. There were several twisted plotlines, but few surprises.

I recently told someone that when "I cook-it looks real, but tastes like someone washed it." This book gave me that same feeling. Plus, the book felt like it "sorta stretched
L.A. Starks
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent continuation of the series. Part of chapter 24 feels tacked-on, like Revelations in the Bible--not a fit with the rest. Blomkvist feels a bit insufferable and smug; Lisbeth is well-written and brave, as always. Also, there's a bit too much research download. I understand the impulse.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible story with multiple plot lines that must be read or listened to intently to appreciate the great depths of author Lagercrantz' imagination. 10 of 10 stars
Doug Bradshaw
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think of the original meandering story-telling of the GWTDT and how it illistrates how different cultures approach writing and stories. This felt more like Larsson than the his other book with all of the little side stories and then the trivia detail of the stories, much of which would have been edited out by our story editors. We need concise, no wasted words. Any yet, this was one of the things I really enjoyed about this story.

It is a bit convoluted and over the top in some ways. This
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, mystery
This fifth book of Lizbeth Salander, two not written by the original writer, is fun enough to keep on reading without any reservation, but not deep enough or creative enough to break any new ground.

Indeed, a lot of the plot elements are DIRECT REPEATS of the first three books.

Not that I'm complaining. Much. They do, after all, solidify and remind us of exactly what kind of person Lizbeth is. Minus the duct tape. But add even more revenge against abusers. For that, I am just fine. In fact, these
Lisbeth Salander is my favourite character in contemporary literature. Not one of… but the very favourite! She’s as intelligent and self-contained as she is a no-tolerance-to-bullying & crime-fighting badass, a multi-layered strong-willed yet vulnerable character, with a gripping past, helped by equally intriguing characters. I will read any Millenium book David Lagercrantz will put out there, because however much fun rereading the trilogy is, I would like to know what she’s been up to and ...more
Crime by the Book
Review to come!! I had the fantastic opportunity to interview David Lagercrantz on the newest Millennium novel - read that interview here:
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
I find this a difficult book to review and rate. On the positive side, the suspense was there. I read it in one day and well into the night, barely stopping for anything else. I cannot say that for many recent thrillers. The author's style is quite different from Larsson's but am happy to have Lisbet back. However, I miss the vulnerable Lisbet who was barely functional in interpersonal relations. She is now one mean, tough fighting machine.
There are many themes and injustices
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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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Millennium (6 books)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
  • The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4)
  • The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium, #6)
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