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(spoiler alert) Although its hard to spoil a book this bad.,
This review is from: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Millennium Trilogy Book 3) (Paperback)
The first book was OK, bit drawn out, the second, even more drawn out with 150 pages of total irrelevance at the start of it, the third....how can I put it into words.
It baffles me that this trilogy is so successful. The first two books have flaws enough in them but I am going to stick to this one. First of all its 400 pages too long. The amount of characters is staggering, we are being introduced to quite major characters while half way through the book and being given complicated life stories for them, this even happens in the last 30 pages where we have to read a biog of the heroines business manager.
There is a ridiculous subplot based on a Newspaper editor being stalked by someone on the staff who she snubbed while in school, we have to endure about 100 pages of this drivel, while also getting a crash course on the exact layout of her house and the type of Alarm system that the security company are installing for her. Oh and another subplot about how the man who gave her the job has been implicated in a child labour scandal. I couldn't believe it when these plot lines started as they were so badly written and superfluous.
As for the hero, every time an attractive woman was described (in any of the books)you knew he would end up in bed with her. And it was the women who usually did the chasing, to paraphrase a line that made laugh out loud, Girl to the Hero, 'I want to take you home and undress you!" And the book is full of such terrible dialog. People stand up and say things such as 'You are the most interesting man I have ever met' Prime Ministers giving glowing praise to police officers, people wax lyrical to each other about how wonderful they are. It is so cringe inducing.
There are 5, yes 5 different groups of people investigating the events at the heart of the book, in each one we have to get a recap of all that's already happened. Plus a biog of each of the members lives.
The baddies consist of dying men and bungling assassins and burglars who get worse as the book drags one.
The court case is absolutely ridiculous and if its an accurate depiction of the Swedish judicial system then it amounts to nothing more that people sitting around a table interrupting each other, Lawyers asking a witness a question and then some other witness butting in to contradict them, that's not to mention the amount of surprise documents that appear without knowledge of the other side.
Oh I nearly forgot we also have to read pages upon pages about the Swedish constitution, and yes its as boring as it sounds.
Its one of those books that's so bad its actually good as it lurched from one toe curling piece to the next.
Believe it or not I could go on but I don't want to fall into the same trap as the editors of this book,(Namely not doing any)