Bookriot author puts together 50 must-read true-crime books to add to your TBR stack

Katie McLain has done all of us true-crime fans a real service. She has put together 50 of the best true-crime books into one simple list.

She writes:

What is it about true crime books that are so addicting? Is it a voyeuristic, “train wreck” sort of reading experience? Is it an opportunity to understand trauma and the dark impulses of human nature? Is it the chance to play detective and investigate real crimes? Source: 50 Must-Read True Crime Books to Add to Your TBR Right Now

She answers those question with her lit. Chances are, you read some of these books. You might even have read most of them. But there will still be a few that you have missed, and you will probably want to check them out.

For good measure, I will add a couple of my favorites that aren’t on Katie’s list:

The Stranger Beside Me, by Ann Rule. The chilling story of serial killer Ted Bundy. Chilling.

Fatal Vision, by Joe McGinnis. It’s the classic true-crime thriller. Some call it the best ever. Here’s the Amazon description: “Fatal Vision is the electrifying true story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children, murders he vehemently denies committing. “

Okay, readers, time to weigh in: What’s your favorite true-crime book?

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