Rating: 4/5 stars.
“When this is all over I’m going to found an association called ‘The Knights of the Idiotic Table,’ and its purpose will be to arrange an annual dinner where we all tell stories about Lisbeth Salander. You’re all members.”
The final installment in the intense Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest does not disappoint. Suffering from severe injuries, the infamous Lisbeth Salander has landed herself in the hospital. She faces several criminal charges and will need all of her skill to circumnavigate the forces against her. Luckily, Blomkvist, Berger, and others are fighting on her side – even when they have issues of equal or greater danger to deal with on their own.
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.
However, like the first two books in the Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest had its share of slow parts. While I still adored Salander and felt a new sense of admiration for Berger, I was not seriously emotionally invested to any character by the end of the book.
Overall there were some unnecessary descriptions and details, but this book is a shining conclusion to a unique and unforgettable series. I’ll end this review by sharing a second quote that slightly shows why I like Salander so much.
“‘You were difficult to catch,’ Faste said.
Salander gave him a long look, satisfied herself that he was an idiot, and decided that she would not waste too many seconds concerning herself with his existence.”