As the final installment of the trilogy that began with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest falls short of its two predecessors. The novels picks up where the second one left off. Lisabeth Salander, who has been wanted for a triple murder, is being transported to a nearby hospital after being found by Mikael Blomkvist with a bullet in her head. Lisabeth’s sheer stubbornness and the killed hands of a talented doctor bring her away from the brink of death.
Because Salander’s face has been plastered all over the media, she is heavily guarded as she recuperates from her injuries inflicted by her father, Alexander Zalachenko and her half brother, Ronald Niedermann. As each day passes, Salander begins to regain her strength and exceptional mentality. Although no one–apart from her doctor, nurses, and her lawyer, Blomkvist’s sister Annika Giannini—as authority to see her in the hospital, it doesn’t stop Blomkvist from smuggling her hand-held computer to her so she can have access to the outside world.
The remainder of the novel is filled with information leading up to Salander’s trial; information that, after awhile, seemed to be just inconsequential filler. Along with the filler there were about 100 pages devoted to a sub plot that seemed out of place. This sub plot didn’t seem to fit into the trilogy’s plot which, after completing the series, has proved to be Salander’s road to justice and revenge after a lifetime of turmoil.
What caught me most off guard about this trilogy was how did the first novel fit into the plot? My assumption was that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was written as an introduction to Mikael and Lisabeth; to their relationship both professional and intimate. Although I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest didn’t possess the page turning qualities that the first two novels had.
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