True crime readers are the first to admit that it's a genre unlike any other. True crime books are filled with unspeakable tragedy, horror, and violence; yet, when written with care and respect, they are also filled with humanity and empathy. In true crime books, authors expose the darkest crevices of mankind, but they also reveal the opposite end of the spectrum, and almost every gradient in between. And of course, there's something undeniably interesting about the dark side — what can you learn in the face of unspeakable tragedy? What can you learn about the people affected? What can you learn about living with more empathy and kindness?
It's easy to get swept away in the grisly details of true crime books. But in reality, that's not what hooks readers. Or at least, that's not what hooks me. There's something undeniably addictive about trying to work through the clues and figure out what happened, but it's not just a puzzle to solve; it's an examination of human nature at its worst and its best.
If you read true crime, you already know this to be true. But no doubt, you've also experienced some of the following emotions in your reading: