Why am I fascinated by dark creepy books about mental insanity, cruelty, evil, addiction, depression, suicide....that take me to places where I really don't want to go?
It's not entertaining, you can't call it a pleasure. - It's even some kind of intriguing challenge.
Torture, fear, desperation, sometimes it hurts physically, at times it is disgusting, sometimes unbearably sad. But I insist.
I'm not talking about stories with monsters, aliens, ghosts, witches or other paranormal things. I'm talking about the normal madness, books that feel all too real.
Depression is all around us, friends commit suicide, others are addicted or in recovery, we all know someone who has been in a psychiatric ward, we read about shooting sprees in schools, girls who have been kept for years in some basement ... That's the world we live in.
I want to see the whole image. I want to understand the twisted minds, the reasons behind. I don't want to close my eyes.
And of course there's the thrill, the suspense, the roller-coaster-feeling!
Here are some of the best books I've read last year from the „Dark Side“ that really stay in mind:
(The links lead to my reviews on Goodreads)
The damage done, the most striking of all, Milk Blood and
On the lips of children
so extreme that I really hope that these things don't happen anywhere
– but Mark Matthews has a way to make them feel real, and
Stray isn't as shocking as the others but very realistic.
And, totally different
|My Dead Friend Sarah by Peter Rosch.|
Mothers and their mental insane sons:
It's a special relationship between mothers and their sons and sometimes love itself is insane.
|Mother be the judge by Sally O'Brien|
|The insanity inside by Theodore Andrew|
|House rules by Jodi Picoult|
|We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver|
There are a lot more, but those come to my mind immediately.
|Persona by Mark Horn who is a master of insane minds but this one is my favorite of his books.|
|The Roommate by T. Scott McLeod|
by Clark Kline
|When my fire burns low|
by Aslyn Foran
by Danielle Tara Evans