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5 Best True Crime Books

Discover gripping true crime books that delve into the darkest corners of human nature. Uncover shocking mysteries and real-life thrillers.


Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered

by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark

4.8 (5624 reviews)

What is Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered about?

In this empowering and darkly humorous guide, two renowned podcast hosts share their personal stories and offer practical advice on navigating life's challenges. From self-care and mental health to relationships and personal safety, the authors provide a refreshing perspective on embracing vulnerability and staying true to oneself. With a blend of personal anecdotes and insightful tips, this book is a must-read for those seeking guidance on how to live authentically and avoid becoming a victim.

Who should read Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered

  • True crime enthusiasts seeking a witty and empowering guide.

  • Fans of the "My Favorite Murder" podcast craving personal anecdotes.

  • Individuals looking for a unique blend of self-help and memoir.


I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

by Michelle McNamara

4.7 (16759 reviews)

What is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark about?

In this gripping true crime book, a determined woman delves into the chilling case of the Golden State Killer. Michelle McNamara's relentless pursuit to unmask the elusive serial rapist and murderer takes readers on a haunting journey through decades of unsolved crimes. With meticulous research and a personal touch, she weaves together the stories of victims, investigators, and her own obsession, creating a compelling narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Who should read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

  • True crime enthusiasts seeking a gripping and meticulously researched account.

  • Fans of investigative journalism intrigued by the pursuit of justice.

  • Those interested in the psychology of a notorious serial killer.


American Prison

by Shane Bauer

4.6 (747 reviews)

What is American Prison about?

In this gripping non-fiction work, a courageous journalist goes undercover as a prison guard to expose the dark realities of the American prison system. Shane Bauer's immersive account takes readers on a harrowing journey, shedding light on the profit-driven nature of incarceration and the dehumanizing conditions faced by inmates. Through his firsthand experiences, Bauer challenges our understanding of justice and raises important questions about the ethics of punishment in modern society.

Who should read American Prison

  • Journalists and reporters interested in understanding the prison system.

  • Activists and advocates seeking to reform the criminal justice system.

  • Individuals curious about the hidden realities of American prisons.


The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

by Brian Masters

4.4 (421 reviews)

What is The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer about?

"The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer" by Brian Masters is a chilling exploration into the mind of one of America's most notorious serial killers. Through meticulous research and interviews, the author delves into the life, crimes, and psychological motivations of Jeffrey Dahmer. Masters uncovers the disturbing details of Dahmer's gruesome murders, shedding light on the dark and twisted world of a man who became an infamous symbol of evil.

Who should read The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer

  • True crime enthusiasts seeking a chilling exploration of Jeffrey Dahmer's psyche.

  • Psychology students interested in studying the mind of a serial killer.

  • Individuals fascinated by the dark side of human nature.


If You Tell

by Gregg Olsen

4.3 (76860 reviews)

What is If You Tell about?

"If You Tell" is a gripping true crime book that delves into the horrifying story of a family plagued by abuse, murder, and the power of secrets. Gregg Olsen masterfully unravels the tale of three sisters who endured unimaginable torment at the hands of their own mother and stepfather. This chilling account explores the unbreakable bond between siblings as they finally find the courage to confront their past and seek justice for the crimes committed against them.

Who should read If You Tell

  • True crime enthusiasts seeking a gripping tale of murder and family secrets.

  • Fans of suspenseful non-fiction books exploring the complexities of sisterhood.

  • Those interested in the psychological dynamics of dysfunctional families.