‘It felt like it was time for something new’ are the final words of, what could quite possibly turn out to be, the final instalment of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist’s 100-million-selling saga. It’s just a shame that they should have been written at the end of the fifth book.
The parts of the book which feature Salander are good, although as has been a common theme throughout Lagercrantz’s continuation trilogy, there simply isn’t enough of them. Once again, she is reduced to a secondary character, and the focus is instead on a dire plot involving with the death of a homeless man whi happens to have Blomkvist’s number in his pocket. Although it could have been exciting, and does indeed have a very interesting scientific foray into genetics, too much is exposed through lengthy conversations between new characters who I, to put it bluntly, couldn’t give a shit about. It is too melodramatic, nothing really happens and it’s all a bit pointless.
I do think more was required following the conclusion of ‘Eye for an Eye’. If the 424 pages was devoted to the thrilling climax of Lisbeth and Camilla’s grand war, which has really been the driving force for the last few novels, I would have fully supported it. But it is not to be: they have two scenes together in the whole book. And I won’t spoil the conclusion of it: but I know now how Game Of Thrones fans felt at the end of Season 8. An absolute mess.
It’s not the worst book I’ve ever read. But it’s by far the worst in this series. It’s slow, the plot is revealed in a very dull way, and the best character – Lisbeth – is hardly in it, even if it is her the book is named after. Also; the book title has nothing to do with what is in the story. But that’s a minor problem with ‘The Girl Who Lives Twice’ in comparison to, you know, the actual book.
One of the best book series in modern times ends with a whimper, not a bang. If you can live without knowing how Lisbeth and Camilla’s feud ends (it’s not worth it), then I would advice leaving Millennium with Lisbeth walking out of Holger Palmgren’s funeral at the conclusion of book 5. Because this is just a massive let-down.