My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
The Girl Who Lived Twice was on my must-read summer list. I’ve been a fan of the Millennium series since the original author, Steig Larsson, began writing them. When he passed away and David Lagercrantz took over, I continued reading the novels and was ready for this launch last month.
The first half of the book is much slower than previous ones. There are minimal fight scenes, suspenseful/scary moments, or major dramatic items. There is a lot to build the story before we can understand where the author is going with the big reveals. The second half more than makes up for it when our famous duo find themselves fighting for their lives. No spoilers here, but beware of fire and a sister scorned.
Lisbeth has gone missing. Mikael misses her. A doctor phones Mikael about a dead body, and it intrigues the reporter enough to reach out to Lisbeth despite it seeming like she wants to stay for away from life again. He quickly learns that Lisbeth’s sister, Camilla, is out to kill her over previous sins in the last book. The dead body has no connection to any of them… yet eventually, it all weaves together. From sherpas in Nepal to genealogists all over the world, there are complex layers in this story. Including the super gene, which is based on a reality I hadn’t been aware of!
Unfortunately, this book was missing something for me. I liked it, and I believe its a very good story, but it wasn’t enough to push me above 4 stars. I settled around 3.5, rounding up because it’s well written above anything else. To me, I would’ve liked more connections between all the characters and more detailed chase scenes in the first half. The relationship between Mikael and Lisbeth was weaker than usual, and Mikael’s lust for another woman seemed fake. That said, Lisbeth’s connections with other people were phenomenal. She was true to her character in much of the book, and when we keep revisiting her childhood, it’s always a stronger tale.
If you want the thrills of the early books, you probably will be slightly disappointed. If you love these characters, their adventures will keep you happy. I’m a fan, and I’ll keep reading.
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