People read memoirs for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, we want to feel close to someone, or to vicariously live their adventurous life. Other times, we're reading a memoir to find the truth behind some story we've heard, or to laugh at how this author, too, had an awkward teenage phase. And sometimes we just want to be scared out of our minds. Memoirs have the power to inspire or to utterly disturb you. You can read about murder and horrific torture, knowing that everything on the page has actually happened to the author. Here are a few of the most chilling memoirs of all time, because truth is often more frightening than fiction.
In case the title didn't tip you off, this is not a list for the faint of heart. These books include first hand accounts of cults, war, and child abuse. A few of these memoirs were written by actual serial killers. So if that's not that kind of memoir you're interested in reading, feel free to pick up one of the myriad books out there that does not deal with cannibalism. But if you're interested in memoirs that will send shivers down your spine and give you several waves of nausea... well, read on:
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