The best books about Serial killers 📚

Browse the best books on serial killers as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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A Philosophical Investigation

By Philip Kerr

Why this book?

THEME: Technically, this is not really a work of science fiction per se, even though it takes place in London 2013, twenty-one years before the book's publication. So it explores aspects of the future through a journey into the head of a serial killer and to the heart of murder itself. In the book, London at that time was a city where serial murder has reached epidemic proportions. To combat this raft of murders, the government has created a test to screen people for a predisposition to commit violent crimes. Tested at random, a man is shocked to hear that…

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The best psychological thrillers that will make you think

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Experience: A Memoir

By Martin Amis

Why this book?

This is a magnificent autobiography, a work of intricate self-portraiture that takes in everything from the author’s dental troubles, through his relationship with his father, to his reaction to his cousin’s murder. Amis’s comic energy and stylistic brio are on sizzling display throughout, but so are qualities that aren’t often associated with his fiction: gentleness, generosity, emotional vulnerability…
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The best books about writers’ lives

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Every Dead Thing: A Charlie Parker Thriller

By John Connolly

Why this book?

Supernatural Thrillers: Every Dead Thing by John Connolly is the first novel in Connolly’s Charlie Parker series (it contains Parker’s origin story). If you like your thrillers with a blood-curdling slice of the supernatural, run, don’t walk, to the nearest bookstore and pick up this novel. Haunted by his dead wife and daughter, Parker is an ex-cop turned private detective. And the cases Parker works—Good Lord!—best sleep with the lights on. Though John Connolly’s an Irish lad, his Parker novels take place along the East Coast (Parker lives in Portland, Maine). You’ll realize how literary and poetic Connolly’s prose is…

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The best books in various thriller subgenres

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Murder Notes (Lilah Love)

By Lisa Renee Jones

Why this book?

Definitely a page-turner. A dark mystery/thriller/romance that is fed to you through FBI profiler Lilah Love's eyes. FBI agent Lilah Love leads a complicated life. She's engaged to Kane Mendez, a man most call dangerous, but hey birds of a feather, do flock together. She's dangerous, too, and in ways only Kane understands. As for their happily ever after, well that might have to wait. Right now, an old enemy who should be dead is still living, Junior, her mystery letter writer, is stirring up trouble, and her family is trying to prove they're crazier than her. On top of…
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The best romantic thrillers to escape your busy life

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Killer on the Road

By James Ellroy

Why this book?

This book blew my mind when I first read it. In my opinion, it is one of the most visceral, scary, and under-rated serial killer novels of all time. Published in 1986 in the midst of America’s much-hyped real and fictional serial killer ‘epidemic,’ Killer on the Road stands out as a first-person serial-killer narrative, as well as putting forward a new kind of character (for the 1980s) – the homosexual serial murderer. In this novel, Ellroy delves into the phenomenon of motiveless serial murder from the perspective of the killer on a subversive journey through a hellish suburban America.…

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The best first-person serial killer novels

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American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

Why this book?

Is the main character, Patrick Bateman, truly a psychopath or is he just a pampered ’80s Wall Street bro with a penchant for extremely detailed and specific consumerism who entertains dark and violent fantasies? This is one of my favorite absurd satires with some of the most hilarious and disturbing passages I’ve read. I’m a huge fan of Bret Easton Ellis’s work. A brilliant stylist, Ellis marches the reader through blow-by-blow descriptions of everything from brutal murders to pages-long descriptions of people talking about the merits of and different types of bottled water. As a working-class Midwesterner, it’s been interesting…

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The best dark fiction for aspiring sociopaths

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