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The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz Review

Title: The Girl Who Lived Twice

Author: David Lagercrantz

First published August 22, 2019


ISBN: 9781524709044

Rating: 3.74


The elusive Lisbeth Salander has once again vanished, leaving no trace of her whereabouts. But this time, she’s on a mission to take down the one person who has always been her nemesis – her twin sister Camilla.

Meanwhile, Mikael Blomkvist desperately needs Salander’s expertise to uncover the identity of a man who died under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind a cryptic message that hints at a dangerous secret. As they work together to unravel the truth, Blomkvist and Salander find themselves drawn into a web of corruption and deceit that reaches the highest levels of power.

In a thrilling conclusion, Blomkvist makes the ultimate sacrifice to give Salander the chance to finally confront her past and emerge victorious. David Lagercrantz’s The Girl Who Lived Twice is a gripping tale of revenge, redemption, and the unbreakable bond between two unlikely allies.

About the Author

David Lagercrantz is an author and journalist residing in Stockholm, born in 1962. Lagercrantz’s first published work was a biography on Swedish adventurer and mountaineer Göran Kropp in 1997.

He followed this up with a biography on inventor Håkan Lans titled A Swedish Genius in 2000. Lagercrantz’s true breakthrough came with his fictionalized novel about British mathematician Alan Turing, Fall of Man in Wilmslow, which focused on the theme of major talents who resist conformity.

In 2011, Lagercrantz published his best-selling sports biography I am Zlatan Ibrahimović, which has become one of the most successful books in Sweden in modern times. The book was nominated for the prestigious August Prize in 2012 and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

It has been published in over 30 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide.

In 2013, Lagercrantz was approached by Moggliden and Norstedts to write the fourth, standalone sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. The resulting novel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, was published on August 27, 2015, simultaneously by 26 publishers in 24 languages worldwide, ten years after the Swedish publication of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels have sold over 82 million copies to date, published by 52 publishers worldwide. The Girl in the Spider’s Web has been sold to 47 publishers and has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

Editoral Review

David Lagercrantz’s The Girl Who Lived Twice is the seventh book in the Millennium series, originally written by Stieg Larsson. The book was published on August 22, 2019.

This novel continues to explore the world of Lisbeth Salander, a hacker with a dark past who battles against corrupt power structures.

The Girl Who Lived Twice begins with Salander still recovering from injuries she sustained in a previous book.

However, when a hidden message her long-lost sister camila sends her clues her into her sister’s murder, Salander becomes embroiled in a complex web of intrigue, which takes her back to her dark past. Alongside Salander, Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist and her close friend, attempts to uncover the truth behind the death of Camila.

Lagercrantz intertwines Salander’s story with that of a former secret agent who is attempting to kill her. Lagercrantz’s writing style is distinct, gripping and captures the essence of the series perfectly.

He skillfully combines suspense and action as he develops the plot, weaving together multiple storylines that keep the reader hooked until the very end. Additionally, Lagercrantz’ ability to craft vivid characters is evident in Salander’s portrayal, as the author develops the character into an even stronger and more fascinating heroine.

The Girl Who Lived Twice is not just a character-driven book, but also an investigation into power and corruption in the contemporary world. Lagercrantz highlights the importance of speaking out against oppressive systems and inspires readers to seek justice.

The themes of the novel are deftly explored within the plot, making it a highly-engaging and thought-provoking read.

The plot structure is a little scattered, and some scenes feel rushed, however, this does not detract from the overall quality of the book.

Lagercrantz wraps up the storylines in a satisfying and methodical way, leaving the reader feeling content.

This book will appeal to fans of action and suspense readers, as well as fans of Larsson’s original Millennium series.

However, readers who are unfamiliar with the series may find this book challenging, as Lagercrantz expects some background knowledge of the characters.

Overall, The Girl Who Lived Twice is an impressive addition to the Millennium series.

While some readers may find the plot a bit too convoluted or the pacing uneven, the novel is an action-packed, thought-provoking exploration of the corrupt systems that govern our world. We highly recommend this book to fans of this genre, and rating it a solid 4.0 out of 5.0.

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