Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson (Millennium #3)

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

img_5439 The Girls Who Kicked The Hornets Nest is the third and final installment of the Millennium Trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson. (There is technically a fourth book, but it was written by a different author so I don’t really consider it part of the series.)

In this installment of the series, we find Lisbeth Salander gravely wounded in the intensive care unit of a hospital. The police are waiting on her recovery so that she can be formally charged with three murders. Together with her friend, Mikael Bloomkvist, she much prove her innocence as well as identify and bring to justice the authority figures who allowed her, and others like her, to suffer long term abuse. Salander spent the majority of her youth being a victim…and she’s ready to fight back and take revenge on the same people who destroyed her life over the years.

“I’m not going to apologize for the way I’ve led my life.” – Lisbeth Salander

Phew…i finally finished the trilogy! I’m not really sure what took so long other than the fact that these books can be wordy. And I guess at over 600 pages…they are long. I started this series a little over a year ago with the initial book The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and I immediately fell in love with the strength and intrigue that is the character of Lisbeth Salander. The second book, The Girl Who Played With Firewas a little bit of a slower read for me…you can see my review HERE. What I’ve since realized is that book 2 and book 3 are almost 2 parts to the same story. So, while book 2 moved a tad slow for me… 3 more than picked up the pace and made up for it. Yes, there is still quite a bit of information and the same large cast of characters….but the action in this book was almost non stop, only peppered with small amounts of background information. The ending was perfect and totally left me with a feeling of deserved justice for the characters in the series.

I ended up really enjoying this trilogy. The first and third were my favorites and easily both 5 star reads for me and the overall trilogy definitely belongs in the category of my “favorites”.
I love Lisbeth’s character and absolutely enjoyed getting to see a different, more personal and intimate side to her. Lots of great characters in this series with fantastic twists, I mostly never saw coming. These are a great crime, mystery/thriller series that I highly recommend to those readers who like that genre.


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