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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is the last part of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. It picked off where The Girl Who Played with Fire ended. Lisbeth Salander is still recovering from a bullet wound in the head and yet she’s plotting ways of how to finally get rid of the evils of her past. All this time she’s still the prime suspect of the three murders in Stockholm and the police are just waiting for her to recover so that they can take her into custody.

Mikael Blomkvist is still her knight in shining armor but she’s stubbornly refuse to receive any help from him. And yet he tries his best to get to the bottom of the cover-up regarding Salander’s father, Zalachenko, and his Sapo protectors. Blomkvist and Salander found a way to communicate without any physical interaction and managed to work out their differences in order to clear Salander’s name and find out who the real monsters are.

Stieg Larsson sure knows how to write a novel that you can’t put down. Like its predecessors, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest will make you forget about the time, especially when you get to the part of Salander’s court trial. It was during that part that I really had trouble putting down the book that I ended up not sleeping at all until I finished the book.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is a fitting example of how to tie up loose ends. Stieg Larsson managed to answer almost all the questions that were left unanswered by the first two books of the Millennium Trilogy. We still don’t know where Lisbeth’s twin sister and Larsson brought her location with him to his grave. But as a standalone, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest is not worth reading unless you’ve already read the first two books of the series.

Overall, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is an entertaining series. Blomkvist might be one horny journalist but he did manage to help Salander, whose story represents the plight of thousands of abused women across the world. I find it amusing that a womanizer became the hero in the end.

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