Must Read Crime Books

Mar 30, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze

by staff

There’s something about crime stories we’re all drawn to. It’s the thrill we get when reading and can’t wait for the next page to see what happens. We’re nervous or anxious but are cuddled up on our couch with a hot chocolate completely safe.

Actually “being charged with a criminal offense can be a frightening and confusing experience,” states the lawyers at This is why we love reading about them, not being a part of the crime scene!

We get the adrenaline of watching the story play out, however, we know we’re safe, and we hope the victim makes it out alive. While reading, there’s also a need to figure out what’s going to happen or why the criminal is acting this way.

If the book is written well, it can become addicting to read it as quickly as possible. If you’ve just finished one and are looking to dive into another story, we’ve created a list of crime books that are worth reading.

Continue to find out what your next thriller might be this weekend!
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Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn, the author, takes us, the readers, on an exciting journey with her fiction crime book. Gone Girl is about a seemingly happy couple, Amy and Nick Dunne. Life is perfect for the two with a little family and lovely house, until one day Amy disappears. This leaves everyone thinking that Nick had something to do with it.

This book has a unique format as the chapters alternate from the point of view of Amy to Nick throughout the whole fiction. You see the story unfolds with two lenses, and you can start putting the pieces together.

You’ll start to realize what has really happened to Amy and her disappearance. Once you read the first few pages, you won’t be able to put it down! It’s an original story with twists and turns that aren’t expected. Check it out for yourself.

Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

Based on the true story of Michael Morton, who’s also the author, this book describes his personal experiences of being wrongfully accused of a crime. Morton was convicted of murdering his wife. However, he’s 100% innocent.

He arrived home after a typical workday to find the horrible reality that the love of his life had been brutally murdered in his own home. If that wasn’t traumatizing enough, the Texas courts then pinned the murder of him.

He was sentenced to life in prison with everyone, including family members and loved ones thinking he committed this crime. He had spent twenty-five years in jail while grieving the loss of his wife alone, and his son didn’t contact him either.

Luckily, while in jail, he was able to prove his innocence. The book describes his first-hand experience and struggles with some unexpected events. If you want to read not your traditional crime story, then take a look at this one.

My Sister. The Serial Killer

Another different thriller book, My Sister. The Serial Killer is a must-read! Put it at the top of your list. Oyinkan Braithwaite, the author, describes the life of two sisters, Ayoola and Korede. One of the sisters is a serial killer, and the other helps to cover up the crime scenes.

Korede has always been jealous of her sister, who was seen as the more beautiful and cheerful; however, she’s a murder. Korede loves her sister so much, and she’d do anything for her other half.

The story gets interesting when Ayoola’s next victim is her new boyfriend, but this is the man Korede has been in love with. Korede has to decide if she loves the boy or her sister more and whom she will protect now.

This story mixes love, family, loyalty, and thrill in this award-winning crime story. It’s worth your time if you want an exciting story to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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The Bottom Line

There are so many great crime books you can dive into on your next journey. We’ve picked out some that are unique and will keep you on the edge of your seat. You can run to your local bookstore, the library, or online to look for these titles.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace by Michael Morton, and My Sister. The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite all create different points of view on crime. Why not read them back to back if you have the time! You won’t be disappointed.

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