The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest- Stieg Larsson
Reading Challenge Category: 3rd Book in Trilogy
Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back.
I’m glad I persevered with the trilogy, but this one was hard going like the first as there were LOTS of political facts and information. Larsson went into a lot of detail that may have been a little overkill, but by this third book, I had realised that that was his style, so I just went with the flow rather than not understanding it as I did with the first book. He would go off on tangents, but those tangents might last for a 30-minute chapter, but they would eventually become relevant. However, you would still be sat there chomping at the bit to get on with the main story and to find out Lisbeth’s fate. Despite trudging through all the political facts that Larsson hit you with this was an excellent conclusion to the trilogy and it was rounded off nicely, and everything was tied off, and no loose ends were left. I have considered reading the two books that have been written by David Lagercrantz as follow-ups to Larsson’s trilogy. However, they seem to be starting off a new story albeit following the same characters. So considering that Larsson may or may not have planned to continue the story, I will leave it where he left it before he died. If there was evidence that Lagercrantz was working from notes left by Larsson I may reconsider.