09 September, 2015

#BookReview :: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Trilogy #3) by Stieg Larsson

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release.

With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence. Once a victim herself, Salander is now ready to fight back. 

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When I finished reading The Girl Who Played with Fire, I was glad that I had the third book at hand and did not have to wait to continue with the story. 

This book continues with the story from where the second instalment left off. Lisbeth is restricted within Intensive care and under close observation. It is left to Mikael and her closest allies to clear her name while taking down some biggies in the political scenario. Will they be able to pull it off? A lot is on the line as Lisbeth is due to be tried for three murders and one attempted murder once she is discharged. But Lisbeth is not someone who can just sit back and let others do all the work… especially when she is gunning for revenge. But what can she do?

I had expected this installment to take place in break neck speed as the stage was set up previously. But did we know everything? Well, you have to read the books to find out the details but it is safe to say that you are most probably wrong at any point you think you know everything. The author has left bread crumbs for us to follow from the very beginning, yet I missed some. The trial was intriguing, interesting and well done. That’s where all the hidden aces came out in the open. Lisbeth retains my respect for her. 
The one thing about the series is that it highlights the issue of crimes and violence against women over and over again. How the reader takes it is up to them. Some creeps may get ideas, while some who were not paying attention will actually sit up and look around their reality. The matter has been handled well.

In the end I ask myself if this trilogy was worth investing my time and the answer is a very loud and clear yes. It has everything that a good thriller should and then some. I certainly had a good time reading it and most importantly I found Lisbeth!

Review Copy received from Hachette India

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