10 Books About Characters Wronged and Seeking Revenge

RevengeNarrativesBooks_NovelSuspectsEveryone has moments when they want to let loose and get back at someone who has wronged them (or who they think has wronged them). But revenge is generally frowned upon in modern society, and that’s probably for the best: revenge may be sweet to think about, but it often has unintended consequences for both parties.

Fortunately, we can always turn to books to vicariously enjoy the double-edged pleasure of vengeance. The characters in these thrillers throw caution to the wind in the name of avenging a lover, a child, or a close friend. Inevitably, they get more than they bargained for, adding even more twists and turns to these thorny narratives. So check out the following suspense novels for your daily dose of revenge.


Eileen Gonzalez is a freelance writer from Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in communications and years of experience writing about pop culture. She contributes to Book Riot and Foreword Reviews, and she occasionally tweets at @eileen2thestars.