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Most Interesting Books About Serial Killers

Serial killers love to commit a crime and hide within the society, ready to track another victim. Unless you have known their ways, characteristics, and tactics, it is easy to fall victim to one of them. Thankfully, people who have fallen victim before, researchers, and writers have written hundreds of books about serial killers. They aim to educate you about their experiences in a serial killer’s hands, their operations, and how to identify them so that you don’t fall into their trap. Here is our list of the best 10.


You by Caroline Kepnes

If you have done research about the mafia, you might find this book’s main character presenting several characteristics of the mafia. Joe is the type of man who, by the outwork look, is full of charisma, intelligence, and is handsome, but their inner personality is entirely different. Joe is too obsessive and will not stop killing to have his way. Beck falls in love with him and he sacrifices many things to become her ideal man. The only challenge is his serial killer nature which he cannot hide forever.


My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Oyinkan presents Korede, Ayoola, her sister, and her boyfriend in this fascinating thriller. Korede is a favorite child to her parents, but they don’t know she is perhaps sociopathic. She has a way to lure her sister’s boyfriends and then murder them in cold blood. She murders her sister’s 3rd boyfriend, takes photos, and posts them on Instagram.

It’s not easy to write books about serial killers, especially if you want your story to be about a real serial killer. There is no real formula or outline to follow, but most writers investigate the existing literature and piece together their research work. Other writers create fictional stories or watch stories from documentaries and TV series. If you want to write informative essays about serial killers, the serial killers essays on Paperap will help you get ideas. Reading about serial killers is one of the best ways to help you write about them.


The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber

You might think serial killers are only out there in clubs, parks, and other hidden places but this book will reveal to you they are everywhere. This book unmasks a committed doctor, family man, and husband, but he was a serial killer. A nurse and a detective worked effortlessly to stop but by the time they succeeded, he had already killed over 300 patients.


American Predator by Maureen Callahan

This book presents the journey taken by Maureen to find the truth about a serial killer named Israel Keyes. For more than ten years, Israel killed her victims and roamed freely without detection by law enforcers. Finally, the FBI arrests him and Maureen reveals how it all happened until his arrest.


The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Ann was in a long time relationship with Ted, but she didn’t know he was a serial killer. For many years, Ted had managed to keep his dark side a secret from her. When Ann learns the true nature of Ted, she is surprised how it took her too long to know.


None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

Ellie presents two teenagers who have been recruited by the FBI to help them extract information from some juvenile murderers. They successfully got information that was possible for the FBI to get. The day comes when the two are needed to testify against a serial killer teen in court but things turn out creepy and ugly.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

In this book, Susie Salmon’s father is seeking justice for her murder but due to lack of enough evidence, the serial killer is set free. On the other hand, Susie arrives in purgatory and she watches the struggle her father goes through as he collects every piece of evidence he could find. Susie thinks her killer might have taken the right step to murder and many other girls.


Death in the Air by Kate Winker Dawson

London is struggling to rise after the second world war when a serial killer suddenly comes into the scene. This quiet and nice-looking man targets unsuspecting women and murders them. Law enforcers set out to investigate and unfortunately, the killer is set free and an innocent man is hanged.


Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth

Maureen is an investigative journalist and she is investigating a serial killer named Cunanan. During her investigations, another ugly incident occurs and Gianni Versace is murdered outside his house in Miami. Maureen gathers pieces of evidence from over 400 people and reveals them in this book.


The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Erik engages in research about a crime that took place in Chicago in the 1890s. During that time, the city of Chicago was host to a World’s Fair. Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes go on a killing spree targeting attendants to the fair. The truths that Erik pieces together will leave you amazed and saddened.



Serial killers seem to change tactics with each generation but their tricks remain the same. They lure unsuspecting victims and murder them in cold blood. Many journalists, researchers, and writers have pieced together information on some of the most notorious serial killers in books for the benefit of the readers. Most serial killers lure their victims by showing them kindness and these books will help you know their moves and tricks.

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