Multcolib Picks: If you like Breaking Bad
Annotation:This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot’s ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.
Annotation:Reaching her sixteenth year in the harsh Ozarks while caring for her poverty-stricken family, Ree learns that they will lose their house unless her bail-skipping father can be found and made to appear at an upcoming court date. (Also a book written by Daniel Woodrell)
Annotation:On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
Annotation:When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends: her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
Annotation:Geary takes readers out to the Wild West and the just-opened up prairies of Kansas. Out on a deserted stretch of road linking new towns, a mysterious family stakes a claim and builds an inn for weary visitors. Soon, reports multiply of disappearances around that area. A delicious tale of a gruesome family fronted by a beguiling lass who led the victims on.
Annotation:Sometimes evil comes not from a person, but nature itself. On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account.
Annotation:Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking a beautiful serial killer named Gretchen Lowell. Now Gretchen is in prison, but Archie continues to visit her because he can't stay away. When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. (1st in a series.)
Annotation:What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime told by the prosecuting attorney at his trial.
Annotation:Much darker than the movie, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age.
Annotation:Brace yourself for an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a clutch of junkies, rude boys, and psychos as readers will ever encounter. (Also a movie starring Ewen McGregor)
Annotation:Kristina is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.
Annotation:A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. While working on a murder case, he quickly becomes locked in a lethal battle of wits with Alice, a beautiful, highly intelligent mass murderer, and his decision-making process becomes increasingly murky. (3 seasons total.)
Annotation:After an unremarkable chemistry teacher learns he has terminal cancer, he turns to an exciting life of crime to provide for his loved ones.
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Fans of Break Bad found themselves cheering for a character who delved deeper and deeper into a dangerous world and morphing from a soft-spoken high school teacher into a ruthless killer. The following titles take an unflinching look at the darker side of existence and show it in gritty and unapologetic detail. Many of these titles are available as both movies and books. - Keli Y.