Many books are #WickedGoodReads not because there are zombies, vampires or haunted houses, but because the people in them are just plain evil … or crazy. It make for some interesting reading, like in the books below.
The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.
Harper is a truly evil villain. He sees girls that have something special about them – he calls it “The Shining” – and he kills them when they’ve grown up. But this story is not as straightforward as it seems, and there are a lot of twists and crazy turns that happen. It’s a detailed web of a story, a bit gruesome at times, but well worth the read.
NOS4A2, Joe Hill
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” One day, they meet and nothing is ever the same again, for both of them.
Charlie Manx is quite the character, and he tried to make everything I love about Christmas into something sick and twisted ** ughh ** But was it Charlie, or the damn car that was responsible? So much happens in this book, and I loved reading every word of it.
Zombie, Joyce Carol Oates
Meet Quentin P., an unbelievably terrifying sexual psychopath and killer. “The author deftly puts you inside the mind of a serial killer–succeeding not in writing about madness, but in writing with the logic of madness.”
Quentin P is probably the most unforgettable character I’ve read about this year. He is undeniably crazy, and there is nothing redeeming about him. To be inside his mind, as the author takes us through his thought process, is so unnerving that I almost wish I could unread this book. And that’s what makes this storyso bloody good. Damn you JCO, for being such a good writer.
Have you read any books with creepy, unforgettable characters? Help me add to my reading list!
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