29 April 2010

Review: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson book coverThis was the final book in the Millennium trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson which has been in the Top 10 Australian bestseller lists for months now. This didn't have the pace and excitement of the first two novels in the series and contained a lot of background and procedural type back story. Whilst this was interesting to a certain extent, I was hoping for the emergence of an exciting climax to cap off the end of the series, however this was never forthcoming.

I enjoyed the 'trial' and there were some enjoyable moments during the Defence. Without giving too much away regarding the outcome, I was in a state of anticipation every time Salander was featured, waiting for some unexpected excitement or shocking revelation, but was largely disappointed.

The reader certainly gained 'closure' by the end of the book though, and all lines of interest were neatly tied up by the last page. I could have done without the career divergence of Berger throughout the book, which was largely unimportant and irrelevant in my opinion.

After reading the first two books in the series, this book is a must, if nothing else but for the closure, but it certainly isn't a book to 'rave' about. You have my permission to shuffle it further down the TBR pile for now, or better still, borrow it from a friend when the popularity of the series is long since forgotten.

My rating = ***

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