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True Crime Books That Are Scarier Than Fiction

I’m a chicken when it comes to scary fiction, so naturally most true crime scares the shirt off of me. You’d think I’d avoid it altogether, but something about growing up with a friend who read every true crime book to then summarize the worst parts to me led me to be a grownup whose writing is focused on the crime genre. While my current obsession is nonviolent true crime, one doesn’t forget the scariest true crime they’ve read. Here are the ones that, depending on your fears, are scarier than fiction.

 

Okay, I’ve now sufficiently scared myself so I’m going to go stand in the very shiny and bright sun for a bit.

 

Jamie Canavés is a Book Riot contributing editor and Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator who always has a book in one hand. She writes the Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter, never says no to chocolate or ‘80s nostalgia, and spends way too much time asking her goat-dog “What’s in your mouth?!” Tweets: @Oh_Dinky.