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4 Adult Crime Books That Will Terrify You To Your Very Core

So you want to be terrified? Here are 4 adult crime books that will send a shiver down your spine. Don’t come crying to us when you’re up at 3 in the morning terrified of the branches tapping against your window.

#1 I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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It's a true crime story about a rapist who graduates to killing and leaves a trail of victims throughout California. McNamara's recounting of the crime puts terror in the heart of the reader, the same terror the victims must have felt. It's impossible to put down the book -- but first you'll get up yet one more time to make sure the porch door is locked. Only a gifted writer can move that level of fear into a reader's home. Probably the best true crime book ever written. 

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 Contributor: Nora Demleitner from Washington and Lee University

#2 The Fine Underwear of Consciousness

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The story follows a Cambridge-educated heir of a Pittsburgh steel fortune, who, during the Cold War, turns traitor to his country and causes the death of some honest and well-intentioned people. Moreover, the novel addresses how a man short of any solid moral principles, deals with his disgrace, while the waves of shame that wash up on his family's stormy shores devastate the lives of its other moneyed members.

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Contributor: Cassidy Colarik from Austin Macauley Publishers

#3 The Rise and Fall of Roy Weston

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Roy Weston was born into a wealthy family and raised in a big stone house on a hill overlooking the poor, coal-mining village of Brexley in North Yorkshire, England. Having nearly died of meningitis at the age of three years old, he is bullied by the kids at school until his mother pulls him out of school at the age of ten. 

His education from that point forward consists of what he learns himself by roaming the streets of the village in the dark and peeping through people's windows. At the age of fourteen, he watches through a window as his football hero, John Finley, attacks a pedophile, meaning to kill him. His friend leaves the building thinking he has done exactly that, but Roy enters afterward, realizes the man is still alive, and finishes the job. And so begins his life of crime. 

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Contributor: Cassidy Colarik from Austin Macauley Publishers

#4 Psychopaths: Up Close and Personal By Christopher Berry-Dee

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Investigative criminologist Christopher Berry-Dee takes readers through the acts of some of the most dangerous people who once walked among us. Then he digs deeper. Using the killers’ own words, he reveals their twisted psyches. After spending years researching, interviewing and corresponding with imprisoned criminals, he paints a picture of how narcissism, jealousy, and sociopathy can make people commit horrifying and violent acts without remorse. 

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Contributor: Molly Conway from Ulysses Press

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Written by Taegan Lion