The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest

By Megan Thomas

Quarantine Edition: have you read The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest?
How have you been surviving lockdown? A little book yoga? Book weights? Reading in bed? I confess that I’ve been sticking to the latter, although I think Picture 2 suggests this should perhaps be a fitness account rather than a book one. I suspect you disagree. I’ve been reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest, and despite the doorstop-like nature of this book, I’d recommend consuming it like in Picture 3.

I’m starting to grow mildly impatient with books where readers say, “it starts off slow, but then you really get into it”, and tend to think that a truly great book shouldn’t make you work that hard. And then a book like this – where it starts off slow, but then you really get into it – comes along and reminds me just how rewarding it is after you’ve done that ground work.

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Lisbeth, Blomkvist, and a merry band of Swedish police and government officials with varying degrees of competency, are back in the third of the Millennium trilogy (or “series”, if you consider the subsequent books that were written by David Lagercrantz after Stieg Larsson’s death). It’s gripping and fast-paced – as they always are. I’m so invested in these characters that I’m very tempted to read the Lagercrantz books – can anyone weigh in on them?

I think my favourite of these books so far was the second novel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, which is unusual as often the first of a series is the obvious favourite. I’m in constant awe of Larsson’s ability to create such intricate stories and webs of interwoven lives, and devastated that he wasn’t able to see the success of his work.

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