• The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (9,720 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her - not the Islamists she enrages by rescuing a young woman from their brutality; not the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long-lost twin sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as The Registry. Once again, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, together, are the fierce heart of a thrilling full-tilt novel that takes on some of the most insidious problems facing the world at this very moment.

©2017 David Lagercrantz (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Simon] Vance's extraordinary talent comes through in the tense dramatic scenes involving a research study of twins gone awry and in his special ability to differentiate men, women, young, and old from all over the globe." (AudioFile)

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Not up to par

Lizbeth is almost a side story here. It held my interest, true, but was ultimately disappointing. If you did not know who these people were from previous novels, it would have been a disaster.

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Disappointed!

Of course David Lagercranz is not Stieg Larsson, My issue is that Lisbeth Salander in this novel is very different from Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander. I thought The Girl in the Spider's Web, Lagercranz's first novel in the Lisbeth Salander series, deserved 5 stars. But with The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye author Lagercranz seems to claim the Lisbeth character as his own and in so doing departs from the Lisbeth of the first four novels in the series.

Nevertheless, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is a good suspense thriller which is well worth a listen for Lisbeth Salander fans. Simon Vance's narration is outstanding as it has been in all novels in the series.

For those who have not read or listened to earlier novels in the series, this novel is NOT the place to start. Start with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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The Girl With The Gecko Tattoo


Lisbeth Salander is languishing away. The novel opens with a compliant Salander in her prison cell, serving a sentence of 2 months, contentedly keeping under the radar -- a different Salander than the hard-as-nails hellcat we once knew. Other than that identifying tattoo, The Girl now seems a shadow of her former self. That isn't a negative statement about the author's talent or this novel -- UNLESS you're thinking you're getting the next installment of that fascinating dysfunctional heroine-misfit we were captivated by when Larsson posthumously introduced her to us in 2005. This is Lagercrantz's Salander. Whether or not you can accept that fact will determine your appreciation of this novel. It's a good-news-bad-news fact; I'm reluctantly coming to terms with the changes, and at the same time pleased it's at least an option.

When Lagercrantz takes her out of prison and puts her back into the storyline, she seems a changed avenger, a diminished presence overshadowed by the side stories of a set of twin prodigies and a few quirky arch-villains. In old form, she exacts revenge on a threatening bully she meets in prison that has escaped and sworn to kill her, then she disappears to further research a tantalizing lead she comes across while doing time. Increasingly, the solitary girl seems to depend on orbiting characters (that Lagercrantz seems to be empowering) for much of the legwork and her once strong presence feels weakened, hardly even affecting the atmosphere of the novel. The plotline of the twin brothers feels like it may connect to the arc of Lisbeth's and Camilla's (the *evil twin*) story while other asides feel contrived to follow current affairs. My hope is that the slumps in this story, the contrivances, will be vindicated with the thrills that are yet to come.

I enjoyed the puzzle Lagercrantz presented, the tendency for less violence, and eventually exploring what breathed fire into Larsson's Girl with the significance of that dragon tattoo. I also felt lost at times, even disinterested, wandering off, wondering *where is Salander?*. After a couple of rewinds, I was satisfied to move on without the details I missed. A challenge I noticed was the author's tendency of over-telling the story and circumnavigating the reader's innate knowledge. As with his previous Salander novel, he needs to trust the reader and allow them a personal reaction or connection to the story instead of force-feeding his desired reactions. Larsson envisioned 10 volumes in his Millennium series and he gave us his best with the first 3 volumes. I'm looking forward to the 5 yet to come, hoping that the best isn't behind us.

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Good start but peters out.

Even Simon Vance couldn't save this in the end. He might be the best part of the production. Very average in comparison to other books in series. Starts out entertaining but then peters out.

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Don't care about THIS Lisbeth anymore.

The new writer just doesn't capture the spirit and vision of Lisbeth that Mr. Larsson created. The story is dull, writing is cliche in parts and just doesn't ring true. I gave it to chapter 10 before returning it. I just don't care about THIS Lisbeth anymore. p.s. Simon is awesome as always on narration, but even his wonderful skills can't save this book.

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Kept Waiting For More

This story just felt very superficial compared to the others. I kept waiting for it to get started. Then it was over. It was entirely too neat and tidy at the end as well. It felt forced and rushed.

The narrator, as always, was outstanding.

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Lagercrantz Does A Great Job.

When a novel grips me right away, its hard to hear complaints about anything. Lagercrantz captures the essence of Salander and Blumquist's characters, while unravelling a complicated mystery worthy of those characters.

Lisbeth Salander is in prison, perhaps unjustly. A ruthless mafia figure is controlling the prison from its inner walls and is strangely focused on a young Muslim woman. This wakes the monster in Lisbeth who has always hated injustice. This part of the story exposes the evils perpetrated on women by Sharia law. It is really satisfying and fun to see the unique ways Salander chooses to help her fellow inmate.

The broader mystery revolves around how the government, under the guise of science, poured misery into the lives of innocent children like Salander. Even though the programs have long ended, there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its exposure. Once again, Salander and Blumquist are hellbent on doing just that.

I have loved this series especially due to both authors making sure the revenge aspects in the stories are thorough and complete.

Simon Vance is excellent as always.

Do not pass up this wonderful addition to the Salander/Millenium series.

If you find this review helpful, please let me know!

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Not Steig!

His story lacks detail, Crispness and clarity. He is all over the place with these beloved characters. The new crises that he places Lizbeth in is contrived disjointed and underdeveloped. He goes from fake news to unstable financial infrastructures to Nazi conspiracies and experiments. If he wanted to attack all the ills of the universe, he should have written a bigger book! Too much going on and not a lot of good story telling. Lizbeth and the gang are gone with Steig.....

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very disappointed

I've read every book in the series and this is the first one I have not employed. it seemed very superficial and although this was unabridged it felt like much was left out, the relationships the interpersonal stories.

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What is this garbage

I've listened to all the other books in the series and this was a bad apple. Not worth your time or money. Terrible plot line. Lagercrantz is a sorry excuse for Larson's replacement.

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