September 15, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, By Stieg Larsson

This is the third and final installment of Stieg Larsson's popular thriller series featuring the charming Mikael Blomvkist and quirky Lisbeth Salander.

(Read Book Nook reviews on book one and book two.)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest lived up to the hype of the trilogy. However, of the three, the second was my personal favorite.


Plot: The book opens where the second leaves off -- so I won't give much away. But, the general theme prevails of a victimized Lisbeth surrounded by a team of people led by Blomkvist who are trying to clear her name and give her the respect that she deserves.

While there were a decent amount of page turning scenes, the plot of this novel was a bit more detailed than the second book. Think CIA spy novel, but in Sweden. There were lots of details and intrigue that took a much higher level of retention than I apparently have the capacity for!

Characters: So many names! With the whole spy angle, I feel like the amount of characters tripled. It made it hard to keep track of who was bad, who was good, and who was indifferent. It was interesting for me to watch the main characters progress over three novels.

Structure: The structure is similar to the other two novels, organized into parts with each chapter taking place over a certain period of time. Since it's been a consistent structure, I've gotten used to it. I wouldn't say it made a huge difference in my understanding and enjoyment of the story.

All in all, these are great thrillers that have a few added layers to really add depth. I personally preferred the second book, but all three are great. This one gets 4 stars.

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