It seems to be the golden age of book-to-TV adaptations, especially when it comes to true crime. And if your true crime obsession runs as deeply as mine, I know you probably aren't content to just watch a TV show. You want to Google the case, read through every article you can find, and if available, read the book the show is based upon. But did you know the following true crime shows were based on books and the reporting done by their authors? If you didn't, you have more than a few books to add to your reading list this week.
Watching a true crime show and reading a true crime book can be entirely different experiences. Shows tend to relish in the drama. Those stomach-dropping moments when a new piece of evidence is discovered, the unforgettable characters who were involved with the case, and the most gruesome circumstances of the crime. Every true crime viewer is familiar with the intense music, the FBI-agents shouting through hallways, and the eerie reenactments that have become staples of the genre.
But books are more about the small details. When you read a true crime book, you can really pour over the facts of the matter. You can lay everything out in your head and start to do some detective-work yourself. You can reread passages over and over until you really understand what happened. But of course, be careful, as often these books are written from a singular perspective on the case.
Here are five true crime shows you didn't realize were based on books — watch them, read them, and prepare for a week of amateur sleuthing: