2021 Reading Challenge: Thrilling True Crime

It’s warming up outside but we’re about to provide you with some thrill and chills with this month’s category of Thrilling True Crime. If you never miss an episode of Dateline, this month is going to be a great one for you!

You’re welcome to choose any book in the classics category to fulfill June’s theme but if you need a little bit of help, we polled our Facebook and Instagram followers for the title suggestions you’ll see below.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

By Michelle McNamara

This book tells the haunting true story of the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California during the 70s and 80s, and of the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case, which was later solved in April 2018 due to her discoveries.

The Devil in the White City

By Erik Larson

Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life, Erik Larson’s spellbinding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men–the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.

The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule

Meeting in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, Ann Rule and Ted Bundy developed a friendship and correspondence that would span the rest of his life. The Stranger Beside Me is Rule’s compelling firsthand account of not just her relationship with Bundy, but also his life–from his complicated childhood to the media circus of his trials.

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

By Robert Kolker

The bestselling account of the lives of five young women whose fates converged in the perplexing case of the Long Island Serial Killer. This edition is now updated, with an afterword about developments in the case, including the shocking fate of Mari Gilbert, Shannan’s mother, for whom this case became the crusade of a lifetime.

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

By Kirk Wallace Johnson

The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

None of these titles speaking to you? That’s okay! We’ve put together an entire category on the home page of our website highlighting thrilling true crime. Head over there for more options!

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