Sunday, April 17, 2016

Books About Serial Killers

I like reading nonfiction books. One of the subsets of nonfiction that makes for interesting reading to me, are books about serial killers. I like true crime books and I've always wondered what makes serial killers tick. 

I've read a couple of books about serial killers that I enjoyed as follows: 

The first one being, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper--Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. This book wasn't well loved by many reviewers on Amazon, but I enjoyed reading this book. 

I also loved reading The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston & Mario Spezi. This book is an awesome read. I highly recommend it. 

I also discovered an article on Bustle titled 12 Nonfiction Books About Serial Killers That Will Definitely Keep You Up At Night by Catherine Kovach that provides some intriguing book titles that may be worth the read!


  1. I actually just finished The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson which is all about this serial killer that was around during the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It was a really good book and now I kind of want to read more books about serial killers which is definitely at odds with the kinds of books I normally read (hello contemporary fiction!). I'll be sure to check some of these out!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Thanks for sharing your latest read with me!! I'll have to check out The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.

  2. I was in a whole serial killer/true crime binge during my undergrad. I watched any show that talked about killers or read books about them. It's strange, now that I am back in school after eight years I am finding myself getting back into that genre again. Huh...I wonder what that says about me? lol

    Anywho...One great book is The Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter. It's pretty much an encyclopedia of serial killers. Almost any serial killer that was known since the book's publication is in that book. I loved reading it because of the quick information it had and the visuals it contained. I remember having the book with me while watching a true crime show. If a new killer was introduced to me, I would quickly flipped through the book's pages to see if the killer was in there. The majority of the time they were. It's one of my favorites!

    1. Thanks for the tip! I haven't read or even heard of The Serial Killer Files by Harold Schechter. So, it'll be another book to add to my ever growing reading wishlist.