30 Day Book Challenge

Day 25: Most Disturbing Book I’ve Ever Read

The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson.

Maybe it was shocking when it was first published in the 1950’s but for someone who has read the modern day works in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre; the violence in The Killer Inside Me may not be a big deal. It’s all pretty tame when compared to modern depictions of violence.

What I found troubling was not the violence but the fact that I, the reader, actually had to see through the eyes of a psychopath. The first person narrative makes this book all the more disturbing. All that evil, stated so matter of factly by Lou, felt so very real.

What’s more is that Lou makes it all seem so rational. There are moments when one forgets how sick and twisted this man is. That is what makes this so unsettling.

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2 comments

    1. I loved The Killer Inside Me! Usually the destruction of a psychopath’s beautifully constructed world of lies is not my cup of tea. But I was just fascinated by it. It’s like watching a car wreck; you can’t look away even if you want to. Jim Thompson was way ahead of his time.

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