Sunday, August 21, 2022

Six top books about psychopathic women

Kathleen Hale is the author of two young adult novels and one essay collection. She has written for the Guardian, Hazlitt, and Vice, and is a writer and producer for Outer Banks on Netflix. She was born in Wisconsin and lives in Los Angeles.

Hales new book is Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls.

At CrimeReads she tagged six "of the most chilling stories I’ve ever read about female psychopaths," including:
What Lies Between Us: A Novel by John Marrs

Nina and her mother, Maggie, share a house. And without giving anything away, their living arrangements can only be described as “hauntingly weird.” From page one, we sense that Maggie’s entire life is ruled by guilt—that she has mysteriously wronged Nina in unforgivable ways. The truth, of course, is much more complicated. This book kept me guessing until the very end. As in most of John Marrs’ writing, the twists and turns are suspenseful and shocking, grounded in universal human experiences that are taken to their most violent and extreme conclusions. (In this case, the thorny bond between mothers and daughters, and the lengths to which one would go to protect her child, are twisted into a rollercoaster ride of a “whodunit”—it’s not always clear which woman is the psychopath.) For horror fans that appreciate the darkest, most stomach-churning thrillers, I cannot recommend this book enough.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: What Lies Between Us.

--Marshal Zeringue