The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
How do you top the first two of this series? Write a third – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest does not disappoint. Larsson’s characters become people we know, some we like, some we hate. I cheered throughout the third book for Lisbeth and Blomkvist and thoroughly enjoyed the sub-plots of the other characters. Lisbeth is such a strong character and I love how she is able to dupe her enemies. I particularly enjoyed reading about Lisbeth’s relationship with Dr. Jonasson and was glad to have him on her side.
I also enjoyed the Gullberg/Clinton “Special Section” subplot and think Larsson does a great job portraying these “old timers.” Despite their illegal activities, they are professionals in what they do and that is impressive. In addition, I think Erica Berger’s problems are both interesting and suspenseful and like that she becomes a key character in this book.
As with the first two books, I think the hi-tech element is totally entertaining and fun to read.
One thing that doesn’t quite sit with me is Blomkvist’s relationship with Figuerola. I think when you read this series, there are a lot of things you must simply believe for the sake of the story, but for some reason, I do not see the connection between these two. I guess that can also be said about Blomkvist’s brief affair with Harriett Vanger in the second book and with the other Vanger cousin in the first book. Despite Blomkvist’s and Figuerola’s relationship, I started to cheer for Berger, hoping she and Blomkvist would somehow stay connected.
I am sad this series is finished!