Book Review: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

LAGERCRANTZ continues the story of Lisbeth Salander in the fifth book of the Millennium series (created by the late Stieg Larsson), with Lisbeth spending two months in a women's prison after saving a young child's life by using any means necessary (the conclusion of book four The Girl in a Spider's Web).

While in jail, she discovers a system run by the notorious Benito Andersson who has a penchant for bullying weaker inmates such as Faria Kazi who is in jail for killing her brother.

Lisbeth takes care of Faria's problem and even gets her editor friend, Mikael Blomkvist, to use his contacts to help Faria.

The main story is, however, about Lisbeth trying to find a woman with a distinctive tattoo who is connected to her painful past.

With help from Mikeal, Lisbeth learns about a top-secret experiment on twins, and how the outcome of her life (and twin sister Camille) is somehow connected to musically-gifted twin brothers Dan and Leo who were separated as babies and grew up in very different environments.

Lagercrantz does a brilliant job of continuing the series by revealing more about Lisbeth's background and also explaining why she often feels compelled to fight for the underdog.

In-between her story, he also provides a compelling story about Faria, the twin brothers and connects them all beautifully.