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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye [Millennium #5] (edition 2017)

by David Lagercrantz (Author)

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Title:The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye [Millennium #5]
Authors:David Lagercrantz (Author)
Info:Knopf (2017), Edition: 1st, 368 pages
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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz

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I enjoyed Eye for an Eye much more than I did Spider's Web. I think David has hit the mark with what reader's expect from the series and I hope he continues on this path. Lisbeth was at the forefront much more in Eye for an Eye, she starts off in jail helping a fellow inmate and sends Mikael off to find information about a program that she suspects played a role in her childhood. The two plot lines are done well, it did feel like a lot to keep in mind while reading, but as the story progressed it was easier. I especially liked that the book had a plot line about Lisbeth's childhood and a plot line about something current that doesn't relate to it, but I figure books in the future the main conflict will be her confronting things that are related to her childhood (like books 2 & 3), so this was very similar to book 1, where it kinda sets something bigger up while having something unrelated going on too. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 28, 2018 |
The fifth book in the Millennium series continues Lisbeth Salander’s search for those responsible for mistreatment of her mother and her as a child and her wish to bring them to justice. Intertwined with this is her rivalry with her twin sister Camilla, who wants revenge for Lisbeth’s previous attacks on her criminal ventures. Lisbeth’s quest is aided once again with the research provided by Mikael Blomkvist and his team at the Millennium magazine as the action centres on the streets of Stockholm and the near surrounding area and the plot revolves around Sweden’s notorious state abuse of minorities in the early to mid twentieth century.
As in the earlier books, the pace is relentless and leads to an enthralling climax and David Lagercrantz once again proves a worthy successor to the series originator, Steig Larsson.
  camharlow2 | May 24, 2018 |
Book # 5, in the Millennium series

In this second contribution in the Millennium series by Mr. Lagercrantz we will find Lisbeth Salanger on a quest into her origins and a lot of talk of stolen babies.

The novel starts with our heroine serving a sentence in a maximum-security women’s prison where she will butt heads with the dagger wielding Benito and manages to put her hacking skills to good use. While the narrative moves on, Mr. Lagercrants succeeds in diving further into Lisbeth’s heartbreaking backstory and fleshing out her father-daughter relationship with her former guardian Holger Palmgren, those passages are very moving.

This very complex story brings topics that are timely: first, we have a lot of disinformation in which lies are used to create chaos. Second, it centers on the Islamic radicalization and how women are treated. Third, it focuses on racism and those attracted to racial biology. All those plot lines eventually connect as the action unfolds. Many political and philosophical issues are brought to the forefront. There is a lot going on, it is easy to lose track of everything.

What we will read in a few words:

Is a mashup plot of evil bureaucracy separating twins at birth for long-term studies. We will have a heroine avenging a Muslim girl and finally a drama surrounding the separation and reunion of musically gifted male twins.

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I liked the story but I was rather disappointed with the lack of time the plot spends with Blomkvist and Salanger. They really took backseat roles here and I dearly missed how they interact, none of it in this latest. The story also failed to give good twists and you can see things coming way before they arrive, very little tension is felt. The pacing is hard to follow, with a leisurely tone the scenes swiftly shift back and forth to a year and a half earlier and back to the present; the alternating timeline is confusing and frustrating. I am sure, this novel is the tipping point in which Mr. Lagercrantz will be giving his own spin in the future…..time will tell. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | May 17, 2018 |
8.25 ( )
  charliehungerford | May 1, 2018 |
The Girl Who Takes an Eye For an Eye, Paul Lagercrantz, author; Simon Vance, narrator
If you liked the Lisbeth Salander Millenium series, you will love this one. Although there are periods when the reader will definitely have to suspend disbelief, it is still an exciting page turner.
Lisbeth Salander is in trouble again. She is in prison for a crime most people think she should have been rewarded for, not punished, but she refused to help her own case in court and was found guilty. While in prison, her life was threatened so she was transferred to a maximum security prison known for its discipline, supposedly for her own safety. When she arrived there, she discovered that it was not as well controlled as its reputation and being safe there was an implausible option. Because of corrupt prison officials and threats made by a nefarious prisoner, the place had become the victim and plaything of this woman who called herself Benito. Well connected inside and outside the prison, she was running her own little organization within its walls. Lisbeth ignored her threats and took it upon herself to protect another prisoner from her brutality, making herself an enemy of Benito. This other prisoner’s name was Faria. She was the victim of Islamic extremism on the outside, and Benito was tormenting her on the inside. Her family believed she had dishonored them, and as a result, she was paying a high price for their behavior and her own. In Salander’s own inimitable fashion, she blackmailed the warden into helping her to stop Benito’s reign of terror, and in turn, it would also protect Faria. This, she convinced him, would help them both, as she forced him to also allow her access to his computer.
Then uncharacteristically, Salander engaged the help of Mikael Blomkvist. He was eager to come to her aid and when he discovered her guardian, literally on his deathbed, he became deeply involved in the circumstances surrounding his murder. His investigation led to the discovery of a long-term, unethical, clandestine experiment that had been conducted on twins, both identical and fraternal. They were separated and placed in foster homes or adopted out to homes that were opposite in all ways to see the effect the environment would have on the siblings. The cruelty of the scientific study was exposed and those behind it were ferreted out. Salander discovered that she had been part of it and sought to expose the group.
Although at times it was confusing as the time line jumped around and the themes went off on tangents, some which stretched the imagination a bit too far, it was an exciting read that will hold the attention of anyone who enjoys this series. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Apr 15, 2018 |
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The reader is repeatedly told that Salander and Blomkvist are driven by a desire for justice, but because we spend so little time in close-up with the book’s heroine, it is not convincing. There is a sluggishness to the plotting and much of the tension relies on orchestrated interruptions and delays, which irritate. Lagercrantz has all the elements of the Millennium series at his disposal, but the adrenaline is missing: it feels as if one has gone to a restaurant, ordered a rare steak and been served soggy fish fingers instead.
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Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries. Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains, one that could provide an important expose for Millennium: Salander tells him to check out Leo Mannheimer, a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm, somehow connected to the long-ago death of a child psychologist - and to the psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was an involuntary patient as a child. Lisbeth knows she is coming closer to solving the mysteries of her early life; and even within the confines of the prison, she feels the deadly influence exerted by her twin sister. Salander will stand up for what she believes in. She will find out the truth. Whatever the cost.… (more)

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