When I'm engrossed in a good true crime book, there is nothing that can pull me away. Is it the same impulse, perhaps, that keeps me clicking "Next Episode" on Law & Order: SVU until it's far past my bedtime? I'll bet I'm not the only one who devours any crime story she's handed, no matter if it's in book, TV show, or podcast form.
It's true that crime shows can often be over-the-top, filled with fancy gadgets, and unbelievable coincidences. They might, at a surface level, seem as far from real life as possible. But if there's one thing that I've learned from reading true crime books, it's that often the truth is much, much stranger than fiction.
If you still don't believe me, the books below will prove "truth is stranger than fiction" to be true. There are books about serial killers, medical examiners, arsonists, and an author who wrote crime books while solving true crimes in his real life. As with any good true crime book, these authors focus on the victims, but be prepared for some grisly and disturbing details.
If you're looking for someone new to read, here are seven books matched to your favorite crime show: