For this edition of Like This? Try That! I thought it would be fun to pick books based on tv shows. What I came up with, though, is recommendations based on one show, in particular – Criminal Minds. If you don’t already know what this show is about, it focuses on “the cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation’s most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.”
I’m not entirely sure what it says about me that I have enough books on my list about dangerous serial killers or heinous crimes, but it took me some time to narrow this selection down to only three choices! I finally chose the following books because I thought these psychological thrillers could easily be episodes of Criminal Minds, and fans of one will probably like all of the others as well.
Ready to see my picks?
All Good Deeds hooked me from it’s first few sentences: “I’m not a killer. Or a savior. I’m just one person trying to repair the broken scales of justice one jagged crack at a time.” The least graphic of these three books, this was a fast paced thriller that did get a bit murky in the middle with lots of creepy characters, but it found its footing in the end and wound up being thoroughly entertaining. Still available on kindle and nook for free – I’d definitely recommend checking this out if this is your genre of choice!Pretty Girls was the first Karin Slaughter book I read. It was dark and disturbing and gruesome and gory and graphic. And it kept me captivated the entire way through. Probably the most explicit of all of these books, with graphic violence and sexual content, I’d recommend this for readers who think they can stomach such scenes. Slaughter is quite a prolific author, though; I haven’t yet read any of her other books but you most likely can’t go wrong with them either.I’ve read a handful of Lisa Gardner’s books and enjoyed them all. If you’re new to her work, The Perfect Husband is a great place to start. It’s the first in her Quincy and Rainie series, introducing them as side characters in this chilling story of a husband who is not exactly what he seems. This isn’t quite as graphic as Pretty Girls, but there is plenty of depravity, offensive language, excessive drinking, screwed up families, and sexuality. But I’m guessing if you’re still reading by now, these warnings won’t really be necessary.
So, there you have three of my psychological thriller recommendations based on the television show Criminal Minds! Are you a Criminal Minds fan? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?