I have just finished reading the last in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy “The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest”.
It is a brilliant book and a fantastically complex but satisfying end to the trilogy, with a fair bit of information which eventually comes together. Lisbeth’s life comes under immense scrutiny all the way through the book, as do the lives of several other characters. The story is riveting and well-written and makes you eager for the whole truth to come out in the end, and is particularly satisfying with the annihilation of the many characters who try to control Salander throughout her life and the trial – seeing these twisted and malicious people get their comeuppance was long awaited and i was not disappointed!
Lisbeth is an extraordinary and unique heroine, with her amazing skills and sharp mind, and even though she has her tough exterior and seemingly tough interior, we do learn that she has a vulnerable side, but her instinct to survive and to punish those who do her wrong give her an amazing strength as a character.
I would love to read more about her, but unfortunately Larsson passed away before he could even witness the immense popularity of his books. I am grateful that his work was published, as he was clearly a good writer, as his books keep the suspense going and are so complex in places that it is difficult to see where events are headed but the end result is just brilliant.
I give this book 9/10, and the whole Millennium Trilogy a 10/10 for uniqueness, utter brilliance and fascinating characters. I definitely recommend reading these books!