Addicting True Crime Inspired Novels
As a society, we seem to have an obsession with all things true crime. From podcasts and documentaries to tv series and new books investigating old cases, true crime has been popping up everywhere over the past few years. So it is no surprise novelists are taking inspiration and incorporating this concept into their novels. So this book list is filled with novels that are sure to satisfy your true crime obsession.
Conviction by Denise Mina
A true-crime podcast sets a trophy wife’s present life on a collision course with her secret past.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. Shortly after the school opened, the founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case.
Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little
Some girl dies.
It’s not much to go on, but the specifics don’t concern Marissa. Whatever the script is, her job is the same. She’ll spend her days in the editing room, doing what she does best: turning pictures into stories. But she soon discovers that on this set, nothing is as it’s supposed to be–or as it seems. There are rumors of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes. Half the crew has been fired. The other half wants to quit. Even the actors have figured out something is wrong. And no one seems to know what happened to the editor she was hired to replace.
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
A true-crime podcast host covering a controversial trial finds herself drawn deep into a small town’s dark past and a brutal crime that took place there years before.
Possession by Katie Lowe
Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she (conveniently) doesn’t remember a thing about that night. But the police charged someone else–a stranger–and put him away for life. And Hannah packed up her six-year-old daughter and left London behind. But now her hard-won countryside peace is threatened. Conviction, a viral true crime podcast known for getting cases reopened and old verdicts overturned, has turned its attention to Hannah’s husband’s murder for its new season.
What do you think about the books on this list?
Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? What books would you add to the list?