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34 Of Your Favorite Books With The Most Sinister Serial Killers

S. Zainab Williams

Executive Director, Content

S. Zainab would like to think she bleeds ink but the very idea makes her feel faint. She writes fantasy and horror, and is currently clutching a manuscript while groping in the dark. Find her on Twitter: @szainabwilliams.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by HQN Books, publisher of After The Dark by Cynthia Eden.

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha’s career was destroyed…

Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the cunning assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. She knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more.

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.

Accounts of Jack the Ripper, The Zodiac Killer, Ed Gein, and other serial killers have served as inspiration for a wealth of fiction and non-fiction titles…and a reason to keep the lights on at night.

We asked you to share your favorite books with the most sinister serial killers, and you responded. Here are 34 of your favorites!

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Road Out of Hell by Anthony Flacco

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

You by Caroline Kepnes

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Helter Skelter by Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

The Straw Men Trilogy by Michael Marshall Smith

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

And The Sea Will Tell by V. Bugliosi

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Zombie by Joyce Carole Oates

Victim Without A Face by Stefan Ahnhem

Eyes of Prey by John Sandford

Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

Mind Hunter by John Douglas

Anyone You Want Me to Be by John Douglas

Night Stalker by Philip Carlo

The Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite series by Blake Crouch

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

The Primal Fear series by William Diehl

Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane

Instinct series by Robert W Walker

Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell

Heartstopper by Joey Fielding

Blackburn by Bradley Denton

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Talking With Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee