author: Stieg Larsson
series: Millennium #1
published: 16 September 2008
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Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
❗❗ content warning: graphic violence, abuse, sexual assault ❗❗
a few notes
keywords/phrases: murder, family, rape, incest, theft
mood reading: smart, intense, dark
awards: Barry Award for Mystery/Crime Novel Of The Decade (2009), Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel (2008), Anthony Award for Best First Novel (2008), Glass Key Award (2005), CWA International Dagger Nominee (2007), Galaxy British Book Awards for Crime Thriller of the Year (2008), Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2007), Strand Critics Award Nominee for Best First Novel (2007)
bonus points: smart but often deeply flawed MCs, nontypical MCs
In my personal opinion, Lisbeth Salander is one of the best FMC in literature. As a character, she’s been through hell, through more trauma than any one person should ever experience. It’s left her damaged but absolutely brilliant and with a moral code that is the foundation of everything she is. She is far from the typical FMC, in many ways more villainess than heroine, but the reader can’t help but be fully invested in her story, rooting for her every step of the way.
This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is deeply disturbing at times, very dark, and extremely intense. It does not shy away from the darkers parts of the world, nor should it. But it is highly intelligent, emotional, and incredibly engrossing.
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