Saturday, April 01, 2023

Ten of the best serial killer thrillers

Ren DeStefano lives in Connecticut, where she was born and raised. When she’s not writing thrillers, she’s listening to true crime podcasts and crocheting way too many blankets.

Her new novel is How I'll Kill You.

"The best serial killer thrillers are the ones we pretend could never happen in real life," writes DeStefano at Publishers Weekly, "but still touch upon our deepest-held fear that anything is possible." One entry from her list of the ten most disturbing titles in the genre:
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Everything about Ware’s debut thriller will remind you of the spooky campfire tales of your childhood. It’s a book about many different sorts of demons—the demons of self-doubt and writer’s block, the demons of the past, and last but not least, the ones that rustle in the woods at night.
Read about another entry on the list.

In A Dark Dark Wood is among Alice Feeney's seven top locked room mysteries, Claire Douglas's five great psychological thrillers set in isolated places, and Jody Gehrman's top seven novels that use weather to enhance the suspense.

--Marshal Zeringue