So what do I make of this 4th novel? Is it a welcome addition to the Millennium Story or would it have been better to allow the series to die with Steig?
Opening this book initially feels very familiar. The tone is also right and the dialogue has that classic Scandinavian minimalist appeal. You could tell me it was written by Larsson and I'd believe you but (yes, there is a big but) I'd also tell you he'd gone off the boil. Unfortunately the story line and the pace of events lets this book down. It has taken me 5months to finish it. Now it being in paperback rather than my Kindle app has some bearing on this but for the most part the story has dragged. I really didn't care about the back story and felt I was treading water, for a long time. And then there is Lizbeth, or at least an 80% version of Lizbeth. I can't quite put it into words but she has lost something. Some of the unpredictability (or perhaps madness) has gone. It feels like she is being led by events rather than exploiting them. It's a disappointment as she is one of the truly iconic characters of modern fiction.
So did I enjoy this book? Well I enjoyed meeting my old friend's Blomkvist and Salander again but I won't be racing out to buy the 5th book in the series. I will probably read it at some point though because those 2 are like a drug, you can't really ever get enough.