9 Great Books With Female Protagonists

From historical fictions to suspense and thrillers, there’s something empowering about books with female protagonists. Check out our top picks for books with strong female leads!


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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

A psychological thriller with twists around every corner, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is told from the perspective of three different characters. The problem? There’s no way to know which – if any – of the narrators are telling the truth.


Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Everything isn’t always the way it seems. Ani’s life appears to be something that anyone would be envious of… that is, until a haunting secret from her past threatens to reveal itself. Will the truth set her free or destroy her?


The Boston Girl by Anita Diamont

Told from the perspective of an 85-year-old grandmother named Addie, this heartwarming story tells the tale of Addie’s life after immigrating to the United States and coming face to face with a new world filled with pop culture, fashion, and an abundance of opportunities for women.


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The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

In the latest Lisbeth Salander novel, David Lagercrantz picks up where Stieg Larsson left off. Follow Mikael Blomkvist and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as they embark on another dangerously exhilarating adventure, this time involving hackers, scientists, actors, and assassins.


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl’s creator, Gillian Flynn, has mastered the art of the unreliable narration. This novel tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, their marriage, and a disappearance that turns everything on its head.


Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

A hilarious retelling of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, this novel centers around an awkward preschool teacher as her scientist father attempts to incorporate her into an elaborate plan to save his lab assistant from deportation.


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Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

Jennifer S. Brown’s newest historical fiction has received nothing but phenomenal reviews. As Jewish immigrants in 1935, a mother and daughter both must face the ramifications that come with unplanned pregnancies during the start of what would become World War II.


Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker

Cady, a bestselling author of suspense novels, cannot shake the fact that her twin sister was murdered years prior. Through startling interviews with killers, and insights from her deceased sister, Cady attempts to gain a sense of understanding for the brutal act that took her sister’s life.


The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

One book, two love stories. Bestselling author Jojo Moyes captivates readers with this moving tale of how one painting holds the memories of lost love, and the circumstances which threaten to tear these memories away.


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