The Girl Who Played with Fire:
Just finished it tonight. Couldn't put it down.
Why do we fall right into rooting for this quicky, absolutely non-conformist, outside-the law-of society's norms, big-hearted girl? 'Cause she's a grown up Pippi Longstocking, that's why!!
She's got absent parents, been kicked around by the institutions set up to supposedly help those in need, and takes matters into her own hands. She's Pippi, in Sweden, and the book is laced with Astrid Lindgren, and Pippi references. It's like falling into an adult version of loving Pippi books all over again.
Started The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest already.
I started laughing when I realized the Pippi parallels, but lots of people have been talking about that, too: