The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is the third novel in the best-selling Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson.

So before I start my review I want to say that this trilogy is amazing! It’s a 5 star trilogy and well worth reading top book series.

To begin with, I’d say this book is a must read, well if you want to know the ending of the whole thing of course because book number 2 ends with a hanging situation. Book 3 is full of conspiracy theory, intricate problems between the Swedish secret police and the government and it is fully loaded with history of Sweden – in which I have no clue whether it is accurate or it is just pure fiction.

The book begins as Lisbeth Salander is flown to Sahlgrenska Hospital. It picks up where The Girl Who Played with Fire left off. Lisbeth Salander – the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels – lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

I read this book a little late in comparison to when I had read the first two books of the trilogy. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest delineates the drama and difficulties surrounding Salander’s court case as well as another conspiracy within the Swedish government. It is captivating and suspenseful, though not in a similar way to its predecessors – this one described details even more in-depth, which contributed to the growing conflict and eventually the mind-blowing climax. Overall there were some unnecessary descriptions and details, but this book is a shining conclusion to a unique and unforgettable series. Lisbeth Salander is a marvelous invention by the author, a very unlikely heroine, but credible all the same. I found this series totally gripping and almost unpredictable.

Oddly enough, each book in the trilogy reads like a different type of genre story. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a traditional whodunit mystery with modern twists. The Girl Who Played With Fire was more of a fast-paced action thriller. And this one reads more like a legal suspense novel, including an incredible trial scene. These books are brilliant, fabulous story line with wonderful and colorful characters.

I recommend these books to anyone who likes a good read, but especially those that like crime thrillers.

My rating 4/5

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