Lisbeth Salander’s life is an absolute mess. After being shot by her crime boss father, she lies in a coma…or does she. As her father regains his health in the same hospital, It’s only a matter of time before he finds Lisbeth and gets rid of her once and for all. Lisbeth wakes up, complete with sassy attitude. She might be fighting to stay alive, but when released from the hospital she will have to stand trial for the murder of 3 of her father’s henchmen. While she lies in the hospital, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, frantically works to clear her name and find proof that corrupt individuals in the state have been trying to get rid of Lisbeth since she was a child.
If you are a victim of sexual trauma, I’d highly encourage you to keep away from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. While rape is far less prevalent in this collection than the other two volumes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo saga, it still becomes an important theme. Lisbeth’s father is a disgustingly violent individual who tries to convince all around him that he is an injured old man and a legitimate businessman. Thankfully, Bloomkvist and his sister work so diligently to protect Lisbeth. Blookmkvist’s sister is perhaps the most admirable character in the collection. Though a Women’s Rights Attorney, she takes on the role of Defense Attorney to help protect a woman she feels was driven to extraordinary circumstances.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is violent, frightening and intense, but it is wonderfully written and crafted. Those with weak stomachs or dislike of violence should stay away. Lisbeth’s desire to survive despite horrific circumstances, and those who support her though barely knowing her, is inspirational.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is now available.