My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Following with my Star Wars analogy in from my last review (of The Girl Who Played with Fire) – this book is a “Return of the Jedi.” It’s a great book that, if I objectively graded it on its own, is a really just a good book. The greatness in it is derived from the first two that sell you so well on the characters that your interest in their actions carries along through the story.
Let’s face it: the star character of this book series (Lisbeth) spends most of her time confined to a hospital bed in this volume. It’s not exactly the most action packed of the three books. It is, though, engaging from the point of view of Lisbeth’s story. She has become so interesting in TGwtDT and TGWPwF that we want to know more about her as a character.
Stieg Larsson spent a lot of time in this book (and the previous) very obviously setting up for future stories: what became of Lisbeth’s sister? What about her other half brothers and their crime circles? There was so much more to tell – but this is a solid ending to a series that will have to do.
Alone, this book is three stars. As part of the trilogy: it’s a solid four.