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'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' by Stieg Larsson - Book Review

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By Lee Taft

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' by Stieg Larsson

Knopf Doubleday

The Bottom Line

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is final book of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy (and sadly, the last full book of his career). It picks up immediately after the end of the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire. Larsson wraps up the story adequately, but ultimately readers will feel let down, as the final installment in the trilogy doesn't quite live up to the lofty expectations set by the other books in the series.

Pros

  • Neatly wraps up the storyline with fitting finality for each of the major characters.
  • Enough twists and plot surprises to keep readers on their toes.

Cons

  • Too many minor characters from 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' show up.
  • The governmental involvement seems a little too clichéd
  • By the third book of the trilogy, Mikael Blomkvist's sexploits get a little old.

Description

  • 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' by Stieg Larsson was released in May 2010.
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
  • 576 Pages

Guide Review - 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' by Stieg Larsson - Book Review

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest starts off immediately addressing the abrupt ending from The Girl Who Played With Fire -- Lisbeth Salander has a bullet in her brain, her father has axe wounds to the head, and her attempted-murderer brother is on the loose. As storybook fate would have it, Lisbeth and her father are being kept on the same floor of the same hospital.

In typical Larsson style, this is where the twists and turns start, and we're left with our head spinning -- governmental plots, murder-suicides, corrupt psychiatrists doctoring patient records, characters disappearing from the text for hundreds of page -- each coming at the most unexpected time, and throwing the plot for another loop.

Unfortunately, the twists and turns, while unpredictable, are somewhat cliched in this installment of the series. The government plot seems too James Bond-ish and easy to follow, and disappointingly less convoluted than the plots we have come to expect from Larsson. By the end of the book, the pivotal courtroom scene, which should be riveting and climactic, surprisingly comes off as predictable and expected -- at least in terms of the outcome. Larsson does have his way with plot wrinkles that stay throughout the book, but they only end up being sweet icing on a relatively bland cake.

Overall, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a fitting end to the Millennium trilogy, but I was left disappointed when I finished -- both in the book itself, and in the fact that the last words we have from Larsson leave me wanting more (and better).

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 4 out of 5
salander, Member beccaannhoward

Am I the only one disappointed that Salander and Blomkvist did not end up together...? I wanted him to be in love with her...

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