The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Sonika and I both reading the same book at the same time! Exciting! And no one was more thrilled than I when she posted her review first.
The third book in the Millineum trilogy also made me angry that Stieg Larsson has died, but it was also a confirmation of his talent. Unlike the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire (link to my review), which picks up after a year has passed since TGWTDT, this book starts on the same night that the previous book ends. I greatly appreciated the continuity and jump into action without any explanation; it shows a great deal of trust in the readers’ intelligence, as well as confidence in the story.
There really is very little that can be told about the plot of this book without spoilers- and without revealing the ending of the past book. I will say I found it both immensely satisfied me and left me longing for more of both these characters and Larsson’s work. It was a solid wrap-up to the main plotline trilogy, though I agree with Sonika that quite a bit more could have been explored. Yet I appreciated that the lives of the characters after this mayhem were not quite clear; it was a nod to their complexity and the just-near-enough-to-the-underbelly world they exist in.
As an additional note, my brother was not so thrilled with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, in part because it is so plot-driven and he wished the characters were a bit more philosophical about their actions. On this point, I have to agree that the characters act first and think later- if ever- about alternative options, but I would also be surprised if readers wanted their murder mysteries to have less plot and more long, descriptive scenes. Am I wrong about this?
For a succinct overview of the trilogy, plot and characters, I’d recommend the first part of the NYT book review. Otherwise, I’d tell you to hurry up and read the previous two books so you can enjoy The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Net.