Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Millennium #3
Author: Stieg Larsson
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Published: 2007
Review Source: Purchased
Available: Amazon
Reviews: Book 1 / Book 2

Summary: (from goodreads) The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

Since I could not stop after the second book, head in I went to the third and last in the series and was again impressed by it.

After her meeting with her Dad, Lisbeth Salander is rescued by Mikael Blomqvist . Her condition being very serious, she is then flown to the hospital, where she undergoes a series of surgeries to save her. This doesn’t stop the persecution by her dad’s followers and the Swedish government to implicate her. Kept in isolation, her friends need to find creative ways to communicate and use her extensive knowledge of computers to help investigate. They need to find out why she is considered a threat and a danger to the secret government agency, enough that they try to destroy her and commit her, once again to a mental facility.

In this book, once again you find yourself in a fast, thrilling investigative journey to save an innocent outcast of society. The complex plot has a lot of insight in the society in Sweden and outstanding exploration of the characters mind. This book series has been addictive and impossible to put down, one of the best mystery / thrillers I have read. It saddens me to know that there will be no more added to the series.


  1. Ooh great review they are really addictive! I loved this series. My fav. was book 2 though I love Lizbeth!

    Xpresso Reads

  2. I'll be honest, I'm afraid to try this series. I normally do not enjoy reading mystery/thriller adult stories, they are normally too dull for me to keep up with. I have seen the movie for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and fell in love with it so I would like to try to read this series at some point.

    Thanks for the great review.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...