The Girl in the Spider’s Web is the fourth instalment in the Millennium series and has been hotly anticipated in the literary world. The Swedish novel has garnered worldwide attention as it is the first in the series controversially not written by creator, Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in 2004.
This gauntlet has instead been passed to David Lagercrantz, who is perhaps best known for ghost writing the biography of footballer, Zlatan Ibrahmović. However all characters have remained and Larsson’s strong female lead Lisbeth Salander is back, alongside journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
There has been much interest surrounding the new addition to the series. In order to keep transcripts out of the public domain, Lagercrantz had to write on a computer with no access to the internet; he had to hand his drafts directly to the publisher rather than via email; and no early review copies were distributed.
There has also been a great deal of controversy – the novel has been publically criticized by Larsson’s long term partner, Eva Gabrielsson. The rights to Larsson’s work and his estate have fallen to his father and brother, who have allowed Lagercrantz to continue with the author’s creation. Gabrielsson, under Swedish law, is not entitled to any of the rights to Larsson’s work as they were not married.
In a further plot twist, Gabrielsson still holds her partner’s laptop, which she claims has the beginnings of a manuscript for his Millennium instalment. She has refused to offer this to Lagercrantz or the Larsson family, calling the new author a “completely idiotic choice.” Many fans of the original series, which were published after Larsson’s death, also argue that the books should not have been continued with a new author.
Despite the controversy and criticism, the book is set to become a best-seller with it being the second most anticipated book of the year – the first being Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. The book has been translated from its original Swedish into 38 different languages.
You can purchase The Girl in the Spider’s Web here, or at any good bookstore.