The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest picks up right where The Girl Who Played With Fire. I was excited to see how the story played out. I felt this one told more of Lisbeth Salander's story than the first two. We don't learn all of Lisbeth's secrets but we learn a lot more about who she is. Mikael had a smaller role (sort of) in this one. At least I felt like he got less page time. There were a lot of new characters some which I had trouble keeping straight. The story moves pretty fast and is very engrossing. I felt the story ended nicely although I could see a few loose ends for future books.
There are a few asides in this book that I don't remember in the previous book. These all deal with women warriors throughout time which led me to do some research and note some books for future reading. I loved these snippets and they framed the book for me in different way than the other 2 books.
Others who shared their views of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest: Laura's Reviews, Bookyurt and Nishita's Rants.