The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye – David Lagercrantz

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The book starts with Lisbeth in prison. So, I was wondering how did I miss reading this in the last book? Has it been this long? Then as I read on being an avid fan of the book series and I come to know after few chapters what is really going on.

Salander is in prison. She is still looking for what happened when she was a child and she has a lead. Meanwhile, she witnesses a victim in the prison(being bullied) and knowing how the weak one is always tormented she takes an action. The consequence leads to Lisbeth being chased by Islamists at rage and the prison bully is in hospital who puts out a death sentence on her. The story follows few new characters who are related to Lisbeth’s past. The story slowly uncovers the Registry which conducted pseudo scientific experiment on children.

Here is what the book cover says:

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in this furiously paced fifth book in the internationally best – selling Millennium series that began with Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth Salander – the brilliant hacker, the obstinate other, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others – has never had access  to the most closely held secrets of her traumatic childhood. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them for once and all, she enlists the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the investigative journal Millennium. And nothing will stop her – not the Islamists she enrages when she enables a young woman to escape their brutality; nor the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long – lost sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as the Registry….

Lisbeth is not given to forgiveness. The dragon etched into her skin is a constant reminder that revenge is not a mere fantasy. And now she is prepared to exact it with a cold fury.

MY VIEW:

In my opinion I loved the book. It just does not stop. It keeps you on your toe all the time and makes you want to know what actually happened and what happens next. It was a good read to go all over the roller-coaster life that Lisbeth gets herself into. There is Annika who is Mikael’s sister who is again her lawyer. There are two stories that goes side by side. One, Lisbeth’s past that Mikael is helping her uncover and second her revenge over the bully in the prison. It was a wonderful read. It also tells about the Dragon Tattoo how it came to Lisbeth and the reason behind the tattoo. We will sadly depart one the close character. The Hackers Republic is back on.

MY ISSUES:

  • It has been more than two weeks that I read this book and I loved it at that moment but however I have these issues.
  • There is too much of Blomkvist than Salander which I disliked. I felt like Lisbeth was just one fourth of the book.
  • There are lots of new character and their back story is emphasized a lot. I dislike too much detail about the prisoner being bullied and the guy who is also the part of the experiment.
  • I wonder where did Camilla Vanish? I want a new novel that tells how and what happened to Camilla since childhood. I want her to be the sadistic crazy kind.

 

I will always love this series no matter what. But now reading the second novel continuation by a different author I can see the clear difference. I feel that the vision that Steig Larsson had about the book has changed. How the first book was just solving one case and the last book ended with Lisbeth being free. I also saw potential development of Lisbeth and Mikael love story in the original books. But, here I see them as more like a brother sister relationship. From small story to a classic blame it on the company or organization or the government can be seen. I can see huge gap. However, I cannot blame the author, now can I? The first three originals are still the best for me. It is sad that Larsson wanted it to be a 10-book series and the fourth one was supposed to talk about Lisbeth’s twin sister Camilla (which they did). I also don’t know if it is a hoax and just an attempt to hype the novels sales but who knows as the book was published post his death. I miss the way Larsson wrote making me imagine Blomkvist is based on his character as he was also a journalist and socialist politics and independent researcher for right wing extremist. His kind of work led to him not getting married but in a live-in relationship. Similarly, Blomkvist works in a magazine and works for rights and exposing the truth. Due to fear Larsson never married his love. Blomkvist always gets in trouble with and because of Lisbeth. I like the girl in the spiders web more than this.

 

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The Lost Woman – Sara Blaedel

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The book starts with a stalker stalking a house and he kills a woman in England with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window. The women is dead before she hits the ground. The women happen to be a Danish citizen and she is none other than Sofie Parker who has been on the list of missing women for about two decades. Then Louise gets a call from England saying that Eik got himself into trouble and is in Jail in England. Angry over the fact that Eik took out a lot of cash and did not say anything to Louise and is in prison now Louise goes to England to sort things out. Meanwhile Camille is asked by her boss to do a research and write a story about Sofie. Camille goes on her own private hunt of Sofie and her past before she vanished form the boat. What happened 18 years ago before she disappeared and what did she do for 18 years come to question. Louise is assigned the case. Eik’s erratic behavior, impulsiveness and not keeping Louise informed gets her to the core.

The last book dealt with Louise and her past and her coming in terms with her ex boyfriends death. This book deals with Eik and Sofie. The story coming to an end getting a closure and also addition of a new character. What I disliked is the fact that the previous novels showed how Sofie and Eik had a very sad love story. Reading this book and coming to know about who Sofie was and under what conditions she met Eik and how did their relationship start and how did it come to an end is not what I had anticipated. It made me feel like how Eik totally lost it when Sofie went missing how he loved her how he was devastated seems just one-sided love story. Sofie on the other hand was in love with Eik but she had a past and she was walking towards a new future for herself. She had already made up her mind and had set out a course for her and Eik just happened to come across and be a part of it. She went forth with her plan and was alive.

This book deals with lots of things such as how Eik and Louise view their relationship. How much trust they have for each other and how much space do they need. The main theme of this book deals with assisted suicide. It is the term that is used interchangeably with physicians assisted suicide. It deals with the fact that people want assisted suicide in come cases however there is a clause to it that no one seems to think how would the people who will live on think about it. Sometimes due to love people accept soon to be dead’s wish however, that can also turn into hatred. In some of the countries it is legal and in some it is not. How far can it be accepted?

The book gives twist and turns with the story line and ends with Eik coming in terms with Sofie. It was a easy read and I love Lousie Rick series. Can’t wait for the next one.

First Comes Loves – Emily Giffin

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Meet the Garland Family. Mother, Father and their three children. The eldest is turning 25 and he is a son named Daniel who is a Golden boy. He is a medical student and loved by everyone and for Christmas he brought his current girlfriend to his home and he confesses that she might be the one with whom he wants to  get married in the future. However future is uncertain isn’t it? Then meet the second and the middle child name Jose who is very reckless and extrovert and does what she pleases and parties and hangs out with friends. She is complete opposite of her other two siblings. The third and the youngest daughter is Meredith an introvert and keeps to herself and is an aspiring actress. She envies the relationship between Daniel and Jose. 3 days after Daniels birthday his girlfriend is back to her home and his mother is wrapping gifts for Christmas. Jose and Meredith get into an argument over something and Jose leaves house angry. After a while Daniel heads out telling mother that he wants to go and grab a burger outside. He never returns home as he is killed in a traffic accident where another vehicle hits his car and he is pronounced dead. Things is not the same after that in the Garland Household.

When Daniels 15-year death anniversary is looming, their mother suggests that they go to New York and visit Daniels then girlfriend. Meredith agrees however Jose makes an excuse. Their parents are divorced, and their father is dating somebody else. Meredith has given up on becoming an actress and now is a lawyer and is in a blissful marriage with Daniel’s best friend Nolan. They have a beautiful 4-year-old daughter Harper. Jose was in a relationship with a guy and was serious. But they ended up breaking up after something Jose does, and the worst part is her Exes daughter is in her class this year. She lives with her best friend Gabe and people don’t understand but they are not attracted to each other they are just good friends. She is weighing her options and decides she will give up on marriage and now wants to have baby instead. However, she meets a wonderful guy and, yet she wants to have a baby than pursue that relationship. The sister’s relationship is still strained as ever where they meet each other out of necessity only. But, both sister longs for each other’s life. No matter how Jose might seem she wants what Meredith has a husband a family and children of her own. No matter how happy the family seems Meredith wants the freedom that her sister has.

What I liked about this is having each individual with their own storyline and everyone is facing life problems. What I disliked is that the story mostly revolves around Jose. When I read the summary it was about two sister and it got me excited but reading the novel and know it is just Jose who does what she wants when she wants and Meredith has less role than her made me sad.

There is a time when secrets unfold and people connect the dots of what happened it is plainly ridiculous that Meredith has not role to play?

When Meredith say she loves Nolan but she is not in love with him it reminded me of One tree Hill haha. Where Peyton says I love You Lucas and Lucas replies I love you too. Then Peyton says no you don’t understand Lucas “I am in love with you”. Hehe so here also they distinguish this when Meredith realizes the situation that took place post her brothers death that brought together Nolan and Meredith in the first place.

It is about love life and things that happen in life it’s an easy read although with few disappointments the book is a good read. I have always  wanted to read Something Borrowed, Something Blue. I have e copies of both, but I like to read in paper. I hope the other ones are better. This is my first Emily Giffin Novel.

 

 

 

The Killing Forest – Sara Blaedel

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Here comes the eight book in the series and the second one regarding Louise’s search agency series. I absolutely loved the book. It was like reading a novel yet watching a TV series in the back of your head.
After her extended leave Lousie returns back to Special Search Agency. Then like her other novels there is a background event on the book where a 15 year old boy named Sune belongs to Norse heritage and he attends his ceremony of stepping into adulthood. There the elders  and there is a blood ceremony where they become blood brothers and swear to protect each other forever. Then there is a prostitute who is brought for the ceremony where they expect Sune to lose his virginity. Sune refuses and he escapes and soon the prostitute is raped one after another and is dead. Sune witnesses all of this and runs away. Sune is the son of butcher from Hvalso which leads her to go back to her hometown mess.

Louise deals with two things in this book her past boyfriend Klaus and his death gets revealed and she finds herself in middle of fanatic ancient religious believers. In between comes Camilla who also gets entangled in the mess. Lousie travels through time where she meets with Klaus parents and comes in term with his death. The end of the book you will feel relieved and happy.

What I like about this book is that it is fast pacing and it is a very easy read. What I disliked was the fact that Klaus death did no justice to me. I am happy that Louise got closure.

You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott

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You will know me is the eight novel by author Megan Abbott. This story explores the life of young gymnast enthusiast and the pressure of reaching to the Olympic level before they turn 16. The story particularly dwells with the Knox family. There is Katie and Eric Knox and their two children. The eldest one being Devon Knox. When Devon was small about three years old she accidentally encounters the lawn mower and cuts off two of toe fingers. As a Therapy they make her join sprats that is Gymnastics and she is so good that later in life she becomes a prodigy and there are many little ones who adore her and want to become her.  She is so good that her parents feel like their daughter does not have a spine and she is so flexible. Her parent’s do anything to make her ready for Olympics and the time is running out (her age she is 15 years). The coach and Devon’s parents are doing their best. Meanwhile, there comes Ryan who is everyone’s favorite. The girls swoon over him and the mothers are also in love with him and his generous mannerism. But, he is dating the Coach’s niece and are so in love that it makes them all sick. After a party being hosted for Devon ends and they come to know that everybody’s beloved Ryan is killed in a hit an run it shakes the whole community. Then slowly secret starts to unfold.

Who is the killer? How will these obsessive parents treat their child unknown to them that what they perceive is not the actual reality. It deals about the pressure that is there for the parents and the gymnasts who have only one chance to be the number one and reach the top of the world. The book deals with how parents want the best for their children and how children feel the pressure from their parents in becoming something that would just make them happy.

I found the book okay. It was not so interesting for me so in order to complete the book for the first time I actually read the story (mystery) online and knew what happened. Knowing the suspense and the mystery reading the spoiler online I finished the book. I did not find this much entertaining. However, I have not read any of her other novels so may be my opinions will change when I read further of her novels. But this one is so-so and kind of predictable.

The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

I have not read Ruth Ware’s other two novels but when I went to Columbus Metropolitan Library I saw the title and I felt that I heard it or I have seen the cover somewhere so I took it and read. Honestly, I completed this book in a day just because I knew the reason and the secret I just wanted to know what else was there.

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About the book:

It is a story where women walking in a beach finds a human bone. That women texts her 3 friends three words “I NEED YOU”. Then the three leave everything and come to the “Mill House”. These four friends are Isa Wilde, Kate Atagon (who texted), Fatima and Thea. These four girls were a tight nit clique in a boarding hostel called Salten House”. Kate and Thea knew each other, and Isa and Fatima were new comers and roommates. Kate’s father is their arts teacher who mysteriously disappeared and for unknown reasons they left Salten house a year or two before their year ended. These four played a game called “The Lying Game”. It had four rules they are:

  • Tell a lie
  • Stick to your story
  • Don’t get caught
  • Never lie to each other
  • Know when to stop lying

The book is narrated by Isa Wild. After 15 years Isa is a mother of 6 months old baby and is living with her boyfriend. She lies to him the moment she gets the text and leaves to meet Kate. Fatima was a Muslim but never practiced the beliefs and not she is a devoted surgeon and practices her religion where she has left drinking and prays five times a day. She has two kids and as soon as she is out of surgery she leaves to meet Kate. Thea then troubled now has a gaming license and she comes to meet Kate as soon as her shift ends. Kate who is still in the same town although scorned by most villagers still lives in her old house and paints. They all meet and although love each other are not comfortable at first.

The story moves back and forth how Isa first met Fatima on the train and they became friends and then how they met Kate and Thea and how they all became friends. Then the story moves to today and how they know that the discovered body is of him. Isa had a crush on Kate’s brother Luc and how he had rejected her and how he is still in town. After attending their high school reunion, they come back and everyone leaves. But, once they leave back in few days’ time they get  a blackmail photo. Isa contacts Fatima and Thea and they meet and shocked to know that all three received it and they decide to go back and confront Kate. To their dismay they go back only to realize that Kate was being blackmailed since long time ago and she has been paying the blackmailer off. They come to know someone knows the truth. In the end there is a lot of twists and turns and the book comes to an end.

My Review:

It was an okay book. I found the plot weak and to why did the book was named The Lying Game? First thing is that the four best friends lying was a game. However, the incident that happened and how they lied and have buried inside them is not a lie. They lied to people around them for fun but the incident is not something that was a result of one of their lies it was a complete different thing.

Second when Kate found the body why did she call all her three friends? She could have just let that thing remain like that.

Third, I don’t know why Thea is there in the first place. Kate and Thea knew each other and they were friends but she did not have a strong storyline. Kate is one of the central character as it is about how everything is related to her house and her. Isa is the story teller and she had Luc. Fatima can be considered important as she has a special close relation with Isa. But, Thea stands out. She just had close relationship with the other three but except that losing a job and being like how she was it makes no difference. If you remove that character and just consider Isa and Fatima meeting Kate on the train the story still works.

Fourth, while reading few chapters you come to know about what the secret is and there is honestly only one twist and I just read the book to get it over with. While reading the book “The Passenger” I came to know the significance of the title but the title for this book makes no sense.

The End.

Into The Water – Paula Hawkins

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The story:

There were once two sisters who were nothing alike in their mannerisms. The eldest one is called Danielle Abott or Nel Abott. The younger one is called Jules Abott. The elder one is care free slim and loved by all boys and is dating the hot one. While the younger one is fat and chubby and considers herself as the black sheep of the family. They both are estranged now. Jules gets a  call from the detective that her sister was found dead and she needs to come back to her home town.

In their home town there is a famous suicide spot a cliff. Nel has always loved waters and was obsessed with it since she was a child. She always felt that water speaks to her. The story is said from mainly three peoples view post Nel’s death. First is form her sister Jules who sometimes seems jealous and at times despises her sister and recalls events that happened in their parents house. Then there is Lena Abott who is Nel’s daughter. Then there is Lena’s best friends brother Josh who knows something about his sister’s death. Josh’s family mostly his mother is very happy over the news that Nel is dead as she blames Nel for Katie’s death.

The story revolves around the fact that who killed Nel at the same spot “the cliff” where teenagers party all summer and since 1679 there have been deaths of women where some were sacrificed because they were wrongly accused of being a witch, or people committing suicide to get rid of their fears. Some even say that the cliff is where you dump unwanted womens. What led to Libby Sleton’s death in 1679, Lauren (1983), Anne Ward (1920), Lauren (1983), Katie’s death and Nel’s murder.

Will Lena and Jules come in good terms? Will Nel’s uncompleted draft book explain all of the question surrounding Jules. Will Jules come to know that during their childhood there were many misunderstandings? Finally will she understand Nel’s love and fascination with water?

Throughout the book you will meet many characters like Sean Townsend, Patrick Townsend, detective Erin Morgan Beckford form London, teacher Mark, Nickie Sage a local washed out Psychic and Mark Henderson. Someone or the other is somehow related to the whole story.

My View:

I liked this book more than the Girl on the Train. It has more flow to it and a reasonable explanation to things. I liked how each character mentioned has a personality and it fits well unlike Girl on the Train where the main character was not relatable at all for me. Better than the other book. You should give it a read.