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Book #56: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Number of pages: 347

This is the fifth book in the Millennium series, and the second written by David Lagercrantz. As usual, it involves murders, but in this case most occur before the narrative starts, kind of like in a Sherlock Holmes short story.

One of the murders involves a recurring character, whose identity I will not spoil here; the others are the suspicious death of Leo Mannheimer's psychiatrist from when he was younger (it is specified that it might not even be deliberate) and the apparent suicide of a man who was also the lover of the new character, Faria.

The format of this story felt slightly different, as it involved a lot of flashback sequences, some of which are triggered by the fact that the characters are looking more into Salander's past, specifically a mysterious woman was a birthmark on her neck who she has memories of.

There were a number of plot twists; one of them is guessable, but the others come out of nowhere, so I was constantly guessing as to what was going to happen next. I was a little unsure about this book at first, but overall I preferred to over the previous title, The Girl in the Spider's Web. It does leave a few plot threads hanging, and I'm guessing these have been picked up in the newest book in the series, The Girl Who Lived Twice.

Next book:The Cockroach (Ian McEwan)
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