What are the best novels about serial killers?

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    #1American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.

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    Brittany West
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I saw the movie American Psycho before I read the book and I thought it was shocking. I thought the book wouldn't be as good because it didn't have the stylized nature of Hollywood. Boy, was I wrong! This book is just as shocking and disturbing to consume. This book will have you wondering about the nature of serial killers and those around you for years to come."
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    #2Hannibal (A Novel)

    Hannibal (A Novel)

    Hannibal is a horror fiction thriller mystery crime written by Thomas Harris as the third book in the Hannibal Lecter series. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2000 by Arrow.

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    #3Apostle of the Tyrants

    Apostle of the Tyrants

    Apostle of the Tyrants is a suspense thriller fiction novel written by Anthony Hulse. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2015 by Anthony Hulse / Lulu, having been first published in 2014.

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    Cynthia Howell
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you love these types of books, murder, suspense etc. Try this author on for size, his writing style is unique as he tends to really take you there, sights, sounds, smells. A great read."
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    #4Intensity

    Intensity

    Chyna Shepard is at a friend's family house when Edgler Vess, a murderous sociopath, enters the house to kill everyone inside. Chyna survives but she learns that Vess intends to kill an innocent girl which Chyna tries to save but she will also put herself in danger.

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    #5Measure Twice

    Measure Twice

    Measure Twice is a mystery thriller fiction novel written by J.J. Hensley. This book is about Detective Jackson Channing who will uncover the mystery. It is first published in 2014 by Bolt Action Books. 

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    Lucy Liu
    Written on May 14, 2018
    " Measure Twice is a mystery thriller fiction novel about Detective Jackson Channing who will uncover the mystery."
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    #6Female Serial Killers

    Female Serial Killers

    Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters is a true-crime nonfiction mystery book written by Peter Vronsky. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Berkley Books.

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    Bryan Ellis
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "story that tells how a woman can become after being abused and beaten by her partner, can become the monster of his partner and can be revenge and with good reason as some women endure years of abuse and physical abuse and psychological"
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    #7The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone is a fictional horror novel written by Stephen King. This fictional horror novel was published on August 1, 1983 by Signet. The Dead Zone revolves around a man named Johnny Smith who had a terrible accident.

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    Olivia Cook
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Not the best Stephen King novel, but for fans of the author this is a must-read. Definitely couldn't sleep after finishing this before bed. "
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    #8Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross)

    Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross)
    After a reporter is killed in Los Angeles while investigating a series of murders, it is time for Alex Cross to get his hands dirty. He will soon realize that he is dealing with two killers, who are collaborating and competing against each other.



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    Víctor Hidalgo
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #9Red Dragon

    Red Dragon

    Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is a bestselling horror fiction and suspense-thriller novel originally published in October 1981 by the G.P. Putnam's Sons and Dell Publishing House. It was followed by The Silence of the Lambs in 1988.

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    #10Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first book in Jeff Lindsay's hit series, Dexter. It is the basis of the hit Showtime television series, Dexter. The book is a crime and thriller story about a forensic expert who is also a killer.

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    Brenda Jacobs
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book was life changing for me I have read the story of Max about 100 times and my wife love it too. wonderful book. Truly, I've never read anything like it. Dexter is a serial killer, a killer who just can't help himself. He doesn't even see himself as human. But he does have something of a conscience and lives by the Code of Harry, his cop foster father, who understood his nature and sought to help Dexter control it somewhat when he was a teenager. Now a blood spatter analyst for Miami police, he's brought in on gruesome murder cases and a new serial killer in the city has Dexter feeling inspired, flattered and awestruck - and frightened that it's really him, doing the killings in his sleep.I would recommend this book to just anyone, , you may love it. I am definitely glad I read it. ★★★★★"
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    #11Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky is an in-depth examination of some of the most controversial murders in the history of mankind. This true-crime novel was first published in 2004.

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    Matthew Hayes
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "True-crime stories are one of my favorite genres. I find it a way to learn about such things without having to live through it, thank goodness. I found this whole book really interesting."
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    #12The Stranger Beside Me

    The Stranger Beside Me
    The Stranger Beside Me is a true-crime novel by Ann Rule published in 1980. This book follows the haunting story of Ted Budy - a law student by day and a notorious serial killer at night.
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    Tiffany Dixon
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Ann Rule is such an exceptional writer; she is truly remarkable! This is a true story about Ted Bundy, which makes it hauntingly interesting. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in notorious serial killers!"
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    #13The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter is a true-crime novel published in 2003. This book follows the maniac crimes of some of the world's notorious killers.

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    Matthew Morris
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "For my history class, I thought to pick up The Serial Killer Files for general research before I went deeper into a character. I was not disappointed when skipping to one character or another, but it would have been a drag to read them all in a row."
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    #14Killer Clown

    Killer Clown

    Killer Clown by Terry Sullivan with Peter T. Maiken is a true-crime novel published in 1983. This book follows the horrifying murderer John Wayne Gacy who works as a clown for parties, charities, and events to entertain and murder kids.

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    Roberto Carrera
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I was interested in finding a good novel about serial killers and found Killer Clown. This is a crime novel about a serial killer who was very demented. The story was very captivating for people who are interested in this type of story. I recommend this book only to people who want to read about this subject, it may be too much for others."
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    #15The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule is a nonfiction, true-crime novel published in 1984. This book tells the story of a star athlete named Randall Woodfield who claimed at least 45 lives during his killing spree through California to Washington.

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    Marilyn Cook
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The I-5 Killer was an oddly satisfying novel. It is very eerie but one of those that keep you reading to find out all the grim details. "
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    #16Deeper Than The Dead (Oak Knoll)

    Deeper Than The Dead (Oak Knoll)

    Deeper Than The Dead is a mystery thriller suspense fiction novel written by Tami Hoag as the first book in the Oak Knoll series. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Orion.

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    Vishal Dutta
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love a good thriller. This book is no exception to that. It draws you in from the very beginning to keep you motivated to read more. Great book!"

Summary

Best What are the best novels about serial killers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1American PsychoBooks 45 Paid
2Hannibal (A Novel)Books 41 Paid
3Apostle of the TyrantsBooks 40 Paid
4IntensityBooks 38 Paid
5Measure TwiceBooks 33 Paid
6Female Serial KillersBooks 32 Paid
7The Dead ZoneBooks 29 Paid
8Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross)Books 28 Paid
9Red DragonBooks 16 Paid
10Darkly Dreaming DexterBooks 14 Paid
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