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10 feminist crime novels subverting the Dead Girl Trope

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  1. “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn

This novel delves into the complex psychology of its protagonist while exploring themes of trauma and identity.

  1. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander, a fiercely independent hacker, takes center stage in this gripping tale of revenge and corruption.

  1. “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty

Though primarily a domestic thriller, it addresses themes of abuse and female empowerment amidst a murder investigation.

  1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

Told from the perspectives of unreliable female narrators, this novel challenges perceptions and stereotypes.

  1. “In the Woods” by Tana French

This psychological thriller explores the impact of a murder investigation on its detectives, including protagonist Detective Rob Ryan.

  1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Known for its twists and unreliable narrators, this novel challenges perceptions of gender roles and expectations.

  1. “The Silent Wife” by A.S.A. Harrison

A character-driven psychological thriller that explores the dynamics of a failing marriage and a crime of passion.

  1. “The Fever” by Megan Abbott

Abbott’s exploration of teenage girlhood, social dynamics, and hysteria in a small town is both gripping and thought-provoking.

  1. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

Another novel by Hawkins that weaves together multiple narratives to uncover the truth behind a series of deaths in a small town.

  1. “The Secret Place” by Tana French

This novel focuses on a murder investigation at an elite girls’ boarding school, examining the complexities of female adolescence and friendship.

These novels not only offer compelling narratives and suspenseful plots but also subvert traditional crime fiction tropes by placing complex female characters at the forefront and exploring their motivations, agency, and resilience in the face of adversity.


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