November 18, 2010
After the first two books in Stieg Larson’s, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, the third book, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” is depressingly slow.
The first two books are filled with murder, sex trafficking, mystery, sex, scandal and adventure. They keep the reader so interested that there is no way the reader will not go buy the third book. However, once the reader obtains that book…they will soon be disappointed.
One of the main characters, Lisbeth Salander (the girl with the dragon tattoo) is lying in a hospital bed for half of the book, with not much else going on. The reader is left to wonder when the action is going to come in.
The most exciting part is when Mikael Blomvkist, reporter and friend, sneaks a cell phone into Salander’s room so she can communicate with outsiders. After the first couple chapters, the reader is wondering when Salander is going to break out of the hospital and go fight some evil.
Yet, the book drags on with nothing too exciting. It feels almost as if Larsson gave all he had in the first two books and lost some steam coming into the third. Salander has been built up to be this great, dark, heroine who can do anything in the first two books, and left out to dry in the third.
It was almost painful reading the last book in Larsson’s trilogy, as I struggled to even finish it. Out of 10 stars, I would give “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” a remorseful 5.