Year 5, Book 38

38. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larssen
I read and enjoyed the first two books in the Millenium series by Larssen so I was looking forward to this third book in the series. I don’t think it lived up to the first two books though. The main mystery in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was compelling, and after reading it I was really curious about the background of Lisbeth Salandar which was addressed in The Girl Who Played with Fire. Fire left us hanging a bit in the plotline so I was anxious to read Hornet’s Nest to find out how everything resolved. Unfortunately the whole book was pretty much dragged out the conclusion to Fire over a 500 page book when really it could have been a few chapters tacked on to the end of Fire. I also didn’t feel like the writing in this book was as sharp as in the first two. I don’t know if any of that lies with the translation, but my guess is it’s probably not the root cause. If you’ve read the first two and enjoyed them you might as well read the third, but I don’t think it lives up to the expectations. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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