My love affair with serial killers

Today over at Tea Time with Marce she wrote about how she is fascinated by serial killers.  Well, I am too.  I’m not sure when my love affair began, but I love getting into their twisty, sick minds for a little while.  It’s so far from my reality that those minds intrigue me.  Warped?  Sure, why not.

Here are a few novels I’ve read that have memorable serial killers…

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.  It’s not so much the serial killer in this one but the whole book that I loved.

Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag.  This is one of the earlier thrillers I read of this genre and I haven’t stopped since.

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver (and pretty much the whole Lincoln Rhyme series).  I love Lincoln and he goes up against some of the most twisted minds ever.

Dead Sleep by Greg Iles.  The premise of this one is that someone is posing models in death scenes, but are they really posed? Loved it.

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.  This is the first of a series and the only one I’ve read so far, but man is that woman crazy.  One of the few women serial killers out there.

Think of a Number by John Verdon.  This was a great way to start a series.

One nonfiction book that I really enjoyed was Mind Hunter:Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas.  One of the first profilers talks about his interviews of famous serial killers and his pursuit of the worst of the worst.  The Silence of the Lambs Jack Crawford is said to be based on Douglas.  A really engrossing read.

And not to leave the big screen out here are a few memorable serial killers in film…

Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.  I know it’s based on a book but I haven’t read it.  Some of the images from this movie will stick with you for a while.

Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.  A great movie, both a psychological thriller but also a gory horror flick.

John Doe in Se7ven.  This was a great movie with a killer too creepy to forget.

Norman Bates in Psycho.  Talk about creepy.  Suspense at its best.

Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd.  I didn’t like this movie and my nose is twitching in disgust as I’m typing this, but that was one sick barber!


So, I know I need to read the Dexter books and the Dan Wells trilogy.  Any other books that you recommend to entertain my warped mind?



9 thoughts on “My love affair with serial killers

  1. Amy says:

    I can relate to how you feel about serial killers. Their minds are so warped and so different yet they are often very smart and I find that fascinating. I like reading books that feature serial killers and watching movies and TV shows about them, too! American Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal are great movie and book choices!

  2. Adam says:

    As soon as I started reading this post I was going to suggest Dan Wells’ books, but since you already had them listed I’ll just give them another huge thumbs up and suggest them again.

    Otherwise I don’t think I’ve read many books with serial killers, especially as viewpoint characters. I might have to check out some of the books you listed.

  3. Tea Time with Marce says:

    Se7en is a BOOK, I am all over that. Oh Stacy, decisions decisions, I don’t know what to start with. You have definitely helped a few to go higher on the list like Lovely Bones.

    I’m glad someone else gave thumbs up to Dan Wells trilogy. There is also a demonic theme which others have not enjoyed, so I guess I should say that.

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