Lisbeth Salander is not for everyone, and The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, the fifth in the so-called Millennium Series that started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, won’t be a book that everyone would want to read.
The original author, Stieg Larsson, passed away a few years ago, and the series was taken over fairly seamlessly by an author named David Lagercrantz, who has managed to keep the flavor of the books. Both the original author and the new author are Swedish, and I find that the translations make the writing style very unique.
The main character, Lisbeth Salander, is also unique in that she is strong, brilliant, absolutely without emotion, and yet fights strongly for herself and anyone else she believes is being treated unfairly. In The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, Lisbeth manages to save a young Islamic woman who is in prison with her from the woman’s evil brothers, and fights off a prison gang leader who has Lisbeth in her sights. She, along with one of the very few people she trusts – journalist Mikael Blompkvist – work together to uncover a secret plan from years ago in which parents of twins were unwillingly required to separate their children for scientific research.
The books are brutal in nature, and usually have quite vivid sex scenes, though this one didn’t. I will admit that they are not my favorite mysteries, but there is something very compelling about the main character and the paths she follows that make me continue to enjoy the series.
If you have read the rest of the series, you can’t stop now!