What are the best books with disturbing plots?

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    Misery is a horror book written by Stephen King. It's the story of a famous novelist held hostage by his fan as he suffers a frightening case of writer's block which could end with him dead at the hands of his twisted fan.

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    Jeremy Gomez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is one of my favorite books with a disturbing plot. The hobbling scene where Annie hobbles Paul has stayed with me ever since I read it over a decade ago. Disturbing, but fun!"
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    #2Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.


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    Olivia Cook
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book really messes with your mind. It twists and turns and you wonder what is really going on. It makes you think about how seemingly normal people could really not be who you think. Left me thinking for a long time after I read it and gave me an uneasy feeling. Definitely good for those that like psychological thrillers."
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    #3The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Brandon Hicks
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Bell Jar is an interesting book that follows the author around New York and her ever growing descent into depression. It's funny that the book is written in such a humorous fashion that it seems almost odd that it is about depression. But, perhaps, those who appear to be the most happy are the ones who are most in need of help. It's a sad tale when you realize the author killed herself after the book was written. Such a masterful piece is definitely worth a look. I really enjoyed it for what it was, and I gained valuable insight into the mind that is Bipolar disorder."
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    #4The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones
    Susie is a 14 years old girl who has the chance of seeing how life goes on after she dies: she is able to see how everyone copes with her loss, how her family still has hopes of finding her despite being already dead and how the man who raped and killed her continues his life.

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    Carl Ortega
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "very sad"
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    #5A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 


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    Anthony Woods
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "nothing to say"
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    #6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.


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    Jorge Alberto Vásquez
    Written on April 28, 2018
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    Carrie is a horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of Carrie White, a girl that's constantly bullied by her schoolmates. When she finally has a chance to be normal, an unforeseen cruel act will end in horrible disaster.


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    Jose Fuller
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The book is great. Of all Stephen's works, this is one of the most iconic. The thrills and suspense come at just the right time. If you're a fan of horror this one is a must read, a classic you cant be without. On top of all that, you cant ignore the social meaning behind this one deeper levels."
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    #8The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)
    The Girl Who Played with Fire is a novel about a computer hacker named Lisbeth. She is escaping an accusation of murders and she will only prove innocent if the journalist Mikael will help him.

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    Paridhi Sen
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I thought it was a decent read, and indeed has an enjoyably disturbing plot, but certainly not the best. The rest of the series is quite good but this one seemed to get lost in tedium at quite a few points. I also didn't care for the ending. I can easily think of 10 better books for this category."
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    #9The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)

    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is the third and final book in the Millennium series. This international best-selling fiction thriller book is written by Stieg Larsson, and it was first published in 2007.


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    Jacqueline Ortega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Yeah, this one is pretty good. I think there's certainly a reason it was an international best seller. I enjoyed the story, was appropriately thrilled and it had plenty of wicked turns. Another good suggestion would be Gone Girl."
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    #10The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.

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    Julia Cox
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Road has a somewhat off-putting plot, no one likes to think of what the world would be like when an apocalypse happens, but that aside, it is an excellent read for anyone who does not mind disturbing plots. "
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    Snuff is an adult novel written by the famous author Chuck Palahniuk, writer of hit novels like Damned and Fight Club. This story is about a porn star who wants to end her career by filming the longest porn movie and do it with 600 men.


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    Tyler McDonald
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you have seen the movie Fight Club then you know a little bit about Chuck Palahniuk's style. Snuff is his third novel and proves that he is the king of the more bizarre side of the human psyche. Please know going in that this is a book about the porn industry and, as such, has many risque and sometimes tragic references. Snuff is by no means Palahniuk's best work and could be considered quite controversial so if you have not read anything else by him I suggest starting with Fight Club or Invisible Monsters."
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    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.

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    #13Haunted: A Novel

    Haunted: A Novel

    Haunted: A Novel is a horror black, comedy, satire and fiction story compilation novel written by Chuck Palahniuk. It was published April 11, 2006 by Anchor. It is composed of 23 stories.


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    Justin Duncan
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a good book. I like this book."
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    #14Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.


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    Juan Mitchell
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity. "
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    #15World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
    World War Z is a fictional collection of narratives of eyewitnesses and survivors of the worldwide zombie plague. It was written by American author Max Brooks and was published in 2007 by Three Rivers Press.

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    Joan Webb
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks,. This book is a must read for zombie enthusiasts, as it depicts a post-apocalyptic world that suffered from a zombie plague which started in China, after a twelve year old boy ."
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    #16The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides is a standalone young adult fiction novel written by Jeffrey Eugenides which is about the life of a Lisbon family who goes through a rough patch after one of their family members commits suicide. 


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    #17Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    Helter Skelter is a collaborative work by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry detailing the series of brutal random murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers. Bugliosi was the prosecutor who brought Manson to justice.


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    Sean Torres
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Bugliosi and Gentry doesn;t need to make up anything to have a disturbing plot. The Manson Murders were, are, and will always be disturbing to anyone who delves into the details. It is well-written and pretty gripping even close to 50 years later."
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    #18The House

    The House

    TWO OF EDWARD LEE'S MOST INFAMOUS NOVELLAS IN ONE BOOK! THE PIG: You know, the traditional tale of a man with big city dreams and how one wrong deal can put you in the woods filming porn with junkie whores, sexual freaks, psycho mobsters and, oh yeah...a pig. THE HOUSE: Thirty years ago a lot of very bad things happened in the way out in the woods. Things that scarred this house forever. Now Melvin is there to investigate the so-called haunted house. He doesn't believe. But he soon will as his dreams smash head first into the memories of a man sentenced to film the most atrocious sex acts imaginable and to experience the nightmare all over again.


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    Ethan Gordon
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There is zero debating that this book has a disturbing plot; it just isn't a good enough book to justify reading it. Maybe someone just looking for shock and disgust will like it, but I found it repulsive and without any redeeming qualities. It felt like it wanted to disturb me just for the sake of it, not to tie that feeling into anything more. In the end I didn't care about the plot or the characters and just wanted it to end so I could get the vile taste out of my mouth."
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    #19Hotel World

    Hotel World

    Hotel World is a comedic light novel for young adults written by bestseller Ali Smith. It was first released in 2002. It became a finalist for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. It is about five people inside a hotel.


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    George Silva
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I loved the story of Hotel World! I was enthralled from the beginning pages and simply couldn't put the book down. Read it in two days! Not only was the story spooky and disturbing, but it also had lots of comedic relief to change up the mood and keep things interesting."


Best What are the best books with disturbing plots
1MiseryBooks 47 Paid
2Gone GirlBooks 43 Paid
3The Bell JarBooks 40 Paid
4The Lovely BonesBooks 39 Paid
5A Clockwork OrangeBooks 38 Paid
6The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 36 Paid
7CarrieBooks 34 Paid
8The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium)Books 32 Paid
9The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium)Books 26 Paid
10The RoadBooks 23 Paid

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