Book Review : The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest


Name: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Crime Fiction
Language: English (Originally in Swedish)
Pages: 746 (Paperback)
Awards: Glass Key award
Movies: 2009 (Swedish),  Mini-Series (Swedish)
Buy: FlipKartAmazon
My Rating: 


Exceptional… Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!!! – MARIO VARGA LLOSA



grown-up work for grown-up readers.. – The Guardian


Awesome… Spellbound… Fascinated… Exceptional… Superior Page Turner

Have you seen Matrix movie? In First Part (The Matrix), Computer programmer Thomas A. Anderson (Keanu Reeves) is secretly a hacker known by the alias “Neo.” He is restless, and driven to learn the meaning of cryptic references to “the Matrix” appearing on his computer. An infamous female hacker called Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) confirms that a man named Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) knows the answers he seeks; however, three sinister Agents, led by Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), arrest Neo and attempt to discourage him from contacting Morpheus. Everything was perfect and fascinating. Once viewer watched first part, lots of question running in there head and unable to understand “How this happened?”, “What would be role of Neo?”, “Why this Matrix exists?” and “Where and When this going to be end?”. First part is kind of background creation and still individually, it was perfect and made deep impression on viewer.

Second Part (Matrix Reloaded) continue the story where first part ends and includes more secrets, action and left more questions for viewer.

Third Part (Matrix Revolution) completed whole story amazingly. It also revealed all secrets, covered all holes and dead end.

Similarly, I can compare Millennium Series story formation with Matrix Series. First Part (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is covered story of Hans-Erik Wennerström affair as well as 40 years mystery about Henrik’s niece Harriet which included lots of characters mainly fearless and perfect Lisbeth Salander, dedicated and occasional lover Mikael Blomkvist, obsessed Henrik Vanger, romantic Erika Berger. There were some of dead-end in story but at individuality level, First Part was perfect.

Second Part (The Girl Who Played with Fire) covers sex trafficking in Sweden. When a young journalist, Dag Svensson , approaches Mikael Blomkvist with sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls. Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation which leads to murder of Dag Svensson and his girl friend, Mia Johansson. Lisbeth Salander quickly becomes the primary murder suspect, as the police discover incriminating evidence against her at the scene of the crime. Along with Salandar, Blomkvist make group with Armansky to identify real murderer and the complete Zalachenko story and somehow they succeed but this part ends with lots of loop holes and dead end. Read left with lots of question in his mind but still I say, Second part was amazing and completely Page turner. Author left loop hole and dead end because he wats to cover all those in third part.

Third Part (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest) is amazingly written and cover all loop holes and dead end. On each and every page, reader can feel excitement.

The book begins as Lisbeth Salander is flown to Sahlgrenska Hospital after being shot by her father, Alexander Zalachenko, and buried alive by her half-brother Ronald Niedermann, at the end of The Girl Who Played With Fire. In Hospital, After surgery, she is moved to an intensive care ward under guard, accessible only to police, doctors, nurses, and her lawyer, Annika Giannini (who is also Mikael Blomkvist’s sister). Zalachenko, who Salander injured with an axe, is two rooms away. Niedermann is on the run from the police after murdering a police officer and carjacking and kidnapping a woman during his escape. Niedermann seeks help from his old friends at Svavelsjö M.C., kills the treasurer and steals 800,000 kronor before disappearing.

Parallel to this, Blomkvist make group of people who are in support of Salander, which include Armansky, Inspector Bublanski, Inspector Modig, Säpo Constitutional Protection Director Torsten Edklinth along with his assistant Monica Figuerola, to expose Zalachenko Club.

Some Good lines from Book:

  • If death was the black emptiness from which she had just woken up, then death was nothing to worry about.
  • Friendship is probably the most common form of love.
  • Nobody can avoid falling in love… They might want to deny it, but friendship is probably the most common form of love.
  • When this is all over I’m going to found an association called ‘The Knights of the Idiotic Table’ and its purpose will be to arrange an annual dinner where we tell stories about Lisbeth Salander. You’re all members.
  • When their love was not reciprocated, it could quickly turn to violent hatred.
  • To exact revenge for yourself or your friends is not only a right, it’s an absolute duty.
  • If love is liking someone an awful lot, then I suppose I’m in love with several people.
  • I’m unhappy. I don’t want to fall in love with you. It’ll hurt far too much when it’s over.
  • Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.
  • It was troubling that one of the few people she trusted was a man she spent so much time avoiding.
  • Take “no” as an encouragement to redouble his efforts, so it was easier to say “yes” right away.
  • I’m not going to apologize for the way I’ve led my life.
  • I don’t know if I want a steady relationship, but I’m terrified of losing you.

If you really want to read good books then pick-up this amazing Millennium series ASAP. I have bought it and enjoyed a lot.


About Author:

Source [Wiki]: Karl Stig-Erland Larsson who wrote professionally as Stieg Larsson, was a Swedish journalist and writer, born in Skelleftehamn outside Skellefteå. Larsson was initially a political activist for the Kommunistiska Arbetareförbundet (Communist Workers League), a photographer, and one of Sweden’s leading science fiction fans. In politics he was the editor of the Swedish Trotskyist journal Fjärde internationalen, journal of the Swedish section of the Fourth International. He also wrote regularly for the weekly Internationalen.He is best known for writing the “Millennium series” of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Larsson lived and worked much of his life in Stockholm. He was the second best-selling author in the world in 2008, behind Khaled Hosseini. By March 2010, his “Millennium series” had sold 27 million copies in more than 40 countries.


Enjoy Reading !!!

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2 Responses to Book Review : The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

  1. Megha Sarin says:

    I am an avid book reader. I have heard about this book. I will surely read this. Can I read this book as I have not read the other parts.

    • shahujvaln says:

      Hi Megha,

      “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” is followed by “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is first part of story (and most beautifully written) and creating main characters like Mikael Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander. I advice you to read all part in sequence, so you can enjoy beauty of novel.

      Thanks for visiting my place..

      Keep Reading and Visiting…

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