7 Serial Killer Books I Wouldn’t Want To Miss Out On

Dead end girl

L.T.VARGUS

The tension in new Charlotte Winters book keeps ratcheting up in the first chapters until you find yourself forgetting to take a breath. When you finally take that breath your heart is pounding so hard you think it will come out of your chest. I dare you to read the first few chapters and then be able to walk away from this book.

 

Emma Jacobis walks into Charlie Winters business and life. A young, terrified woman being watched and terrified by someone. She’d been to the police to make a report but of since nothing violent had happened yet they didn’t do anything more than take the report. Charlie intended to do more, much more. Find out who this person is and protect Emma. Sadly things go very wrong.

 

This book is touches on some of the deepest fears that anyone can have in their life. Being totally out of control of your life and who is watching you without your knowledge. It really made me take stock of who is around me and how much I really know them.

 

Helping Charlie again are Paige, Uncle Frank, Zoe and of course ever with her Allie. – Kindle Customer

Cold Truth

Mary Stone

Growing up I could not read a Nancy Drew Mystery fast enough. This series of 5 books is like an adult version of solving the mystery, and falling in love with the characters. Author Mary Stone does a fabulous job of staying consistent from one book to the next. I truly don’t want to read the last book and have it end, so I ordered the 1st book in another of her series Black Winter.

A Killer's Mind

Mike Omer

Like many books in this genre, “A Killer’s Mind” began with a description of the killer at work, putting the finishing touches on his latest conquest. What was refreshing was that author Mike Omer gave us just enough of a taste in the first chapter to entice readers to keep turning pages.

 

The author introduces us to Zoe Bentley, a forensic psychologist who is good at her job but doesn’t feel she gets the recognition she deserves. Tatum Grey is an FBI agent, “promoted” to his current position due to an event that the author purposely shrouds. The shadows in both their paths are initially left hidden, creating curiosity. Despite their faults, I found myself liking both of the characters.

 

Mr. Omer tells the story through multiple eyes, giving us a chance to experience the story from Zoe and Tatum, as well as sharing occasional glimpses of the killer. It was interesting for the author to develop the character of Zoe with flashbacks to her high school days during a time when a serial killer was terrorizing her community. – Dee Arr

 

The Girl Who Lived

Christopher Greyson

I am a huge fan of the Jack Stratton Series, by Christopher Greyson, so I was excited to receive The Girl Who Lived. I like mystery, suspense, thrillers, and psychological thrillers in general. This book definitely fits into those categories.

 

Although the writing style is Christopher Greyson it is a departure from the Jack Stratton Series. The Girl Who Lived is a bit darker, it deals with survivors guilt and addictions that manifest themselves after a horrendous crime and the aftermath. The main character, Faith, feels she is a broken person. She is alive, but not living. I think anyone reading this book that can relate to her anxiety, despair, and emptiness will appreciate her struggle. But you don’t need to be a survivor to get wrapped up in the suspense.

 

I was totally surprised by the ending. I didn’t see it coming. But all of the puzzle pieces start to fall into place as you look back.

 

I thought the first two chapters were a bit slow, but you really want to hang in there. I think those first few chapters explain where Faith is and why. Then the story starts picking up… and then I could not put down the book. I was reading from about 12:30am to 6:30am. I was going to read just until I fell asleep. But it is morning, my eyes are dry and bloodshot and it is time to feed the dog breakfast. – Kindle Customer

Finding Claire Fletcher

Lisa Regan

This book is a study in terror, and so well written that I felt the jolt! But please don’t let the subject matter (kidnapping) deter you; this book is SO worth the read! It is a first-rate mystery, written with skill and sensitivity, with wonderfully realist characters and plot surprises. This has it all – elements that all readers can enjoy – despite some of the “dark.” I happen to love my whodunnits a bit on the on the dark side and I REALLY enjoyed it!

 

So often, we hear of a kidnapping and wonder why the victim, who had every opportunity to escape, stays with her (or his) captor. If you’ve read any true crime, you see this situation oft repeated, and it seems to be totally inexplicable. Yet it happens. This book shows HOW it can happen; although we may not understand the process, we understand that it is mirrored in life.

 

This is the first book I have read by Lisa Regan, but I am about to start Aberration, and Cold-Blooded and Hold Still are on my Kindle also! What a WOW of a writer! – Helene Stephens

The Body Reader

Anne Frasier

I rarely give a 5* review because for that a book needs to be special. This one knocked my socks off and I had to read it in one sitting. If I’m being picky, I thought there were a few holes in the ending but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of an unusual book with great characters. The story is of Jude , a happy slightly wild homicide detective who is abducted. She survives over three years of constant brutality until she finally escapes. Afterward she finds it easy to read others and all of her senses are heightened due to years of darkness. She starts looking into the suicide of a young teenager which leads to a string of cold cases. This book is dark and explores human behaviour at its rawest , that’s why I gave it five stars, for not prettily packaging a difficult subject. – Kindle Customer

Stillhouse Lake

Rachel Caine

This story is both captivating and disturbing. The heroine, currently Gwen Procter, has gone by several other names, as have her children. She was once a naive, wholesome housewife under the sway of her husband. They lived an outwardly normal life in which her husband Mel spent a lot of time in his shop. Then one day an errant vehicle crashed into the building and revealed the shop was not a hobby place, but a house of horrors.

A young woman was found hanging from the ceiling, tortured and mutilated. This was only the most recent of Mel’s victims. He was tried, convicted and sent away for life. Unfortunately the assumption was made that Gwen had to have known about the awful things her husband did. She was tried and acquitted but had been branded by people who wanted to hold her accountable for her husband.

So she embarked on a series of relocations and name changes. Each time she and her children tried to start again they were revealed and harassed out of wherever they were. In the most recent move, she finds that whomever she tries to trust are either out to get her and her kids or are stalking her. Gwen seems so alone and isolated in her unfair treatment that I had to put the book down at times. Obviously the author wrote this story well enough to convince me it was real.

There are lots of twists, turns and surprises in Stillhouse Lake. Definitely worth reading. – Fred H. Dimond