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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest Book Review

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, is next on our 100 Bestsellers List reading challenge.

This post contains spoilers.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
by Steig Larsson

Stieg Larsson first introduces us to Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, where Lisbeth and Mikael team up to solve the mysterious disappearance of 16-year-old girl more than forty years ago.  The Girl Who Played With Fire continues the saga, with Lisbeth eventually confronting her father, the terror of her childhood, with disastrous consequences.  In The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Larsson pulls the various story lines from the preceding books together for a thrilling conclusion.

When I first saw this book on our list, I knew I would be reading all three books in the trilogy for a couple of reasons:

1) I hate reading books out of order

2) To compare the three books to figure out why only the third book showed up on our list

Each of the books in this trilogy became bestsellers, so why did the computer “kick out” this particular book as the best of the best and not the first two in the trilogy?

Read the rest of my review over at It’s A Mystery Blog.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book review

When I saw that we would be reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest for The Bestseller Code 100 Books Challenge, I knew I couldn’t read it without first reading the preceding two books in the trilogy by Stieg Larsson.  A recent trip away from home, and the resultant several few days without wifi, gave me the perfect opportunity to read all three books, which have long been on my “to read” list.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson created a couple of memorable characters in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth Salander is a young woman with a deeply troubled past, a photographic memory, and a near savant ability with computer programming (a.k.a. hacking).  Salander has learned that she can only rely upon herself and, as such, refuses to talk to any person of authority about anything, is almost compulsive about her personal privacy, and believes she doesn’t need friends.  Mikael Blomkvist is a 42-year-old investigative business reporter who has just been convicted of libel against a prominent businessman.  In this first book, Salander and Blomkvist become an improbable team as they investigate the disappearance of a young woman more than forty years ago.

One of the reasons I held off reading this trilogy when it first exploded on the scene (bestseller’s lists, movies) was due to the extreme violence mentioned in the reviews, particularly sexual violence against women.  I wasn’t in a place emotionally where I would have handled those dark topics well.  And I was right to wait, as this first book presents sex trafficking and sex abuse pretty starkly.  That said, Stieg did a masterful job of creating a compelling storyline and memorable characters.  If you read this first book in the trilogy, I guarantee you will not be able to ignore the remainder of the series.

I read this book as part of the 2017 European Reading Challenge, hosted by Rose City Reader.   This book takes place in Sweden and was originally written in Swedish by a Swedish author.