This weeks theme is Favourite Underrated Books
–Give some love to those books that aren’t as widely talked about. Those hidden gems. Those books that maybe used to be popular but people have forgotten about and they still deserve some love.
The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter
The Crucifix Killer is the first in the Robert Hunter series, Robert Hunter is an Homicide Detective with the LAPD, the series of books follow one gruesome case after the other.
Synopsis – When the body of a young woman is discovered in a derelict cottage in the middle of Los Angeles National Forest, Homicide Detective Robert Hunter finds himself entering a horrific and recurring nightmare. Naked, strung from two parallel wooden posts, the victim was sadistically tortured before meeting an excruciatingly painful death.
All the skin has been ripped from her face – while she was still alive. On the nape of her neck has been carved a strange double-cross: the signature of a psychopath known as the Crucifix Killer. But that’s impossible. Because two years ago, the Crucifix Killer was caught and executed. Could this therefore be a copycat killer? Or could the unthinkable be true?
Is the real killer still out there, ready to embark once again on a vicious and violent killing spree, selecting his victims seemingly at random, taunting Robert Hunter with his inability to catch him? Hunter and his rookie partner are about to enter a nightmare beyond imagining.
After re-reading that synopsis I’ve just realised how messed up these books are and I had to have a giggle to myself hahaha. Yes these books are GROSS, so if you’re not a fan of blood and gore these books are not for you but for all the horror, Saw type fans then these books are PERFECT for you, as they are for me. This book was the start of something beautiful for me and I want more people to read Chris Carters work, mainly so I can get excited and talk to somebody about how amazing it all is.
An Evil Mind by Chris Carter
Synopsis – A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff’s Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery – a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years. The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception – can he be believed?
The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they’re forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man. These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could’ve foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed … until now.
Okay this might be kind of cheating, I don’t know? But number 6 in the Robert Hunter series, An Evil Mind is next up on my list. This is also on here because this is my favourite in the series so far, I defiantly recommend you to start with The Crucifix Killer if you are to start the series but An Evil Mind excels on so many levels. As I’ve said in my review for this book which you can find here, I think this is the book where Chris Carter has really made ‘it’, he’s come so far with these books and I finally feel he’s found his feet, his writing is so good and this book gets you thinking about everything psychologically, it’s a really clever read and you can tell that Chris knows exactly what he’s talking about, it’s not some made up story, well it is, like they all are, but they could all really happen, they are so realistic and I think that’s what makes these stories some of the best in crime-novels.
The Shining by Stephen King
Synopsis – Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…
I think a lot of people like The Shining, they do right? But I think it’s also a book that everybody has forgotten about and a lot of people now probably won’t pick it up unless they read any of Stephen King’s newer books first. The Shining is my all time favourite of King’s books and I think every horror fan needs to read this! Do not read it if you scare easily as this is the only book I’ve ever actually been creeped out by!
Killing Floor by Lee Child
Synopsis – Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He’s just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he’s arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn’t kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn’t stand a chance of convincing anyone. not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.
This is a book I ended up coming across because it was in a charity shop, I then found it was one of a huge series of books, the Jack Reacher series. Now I know Jack Reacher has recently started becoming more known because there is officially two films out that are based on two of the different stories but I still don’t think the book series is known enough, to be honest I don’t even think the films are that big yet. There are 21 books in this series at the moment and I know that is a BIG commitment but Killing Floor totally impressed me when I first read it and I gave it a 5 star rating on Goodreads, although the other books in the series don’t live up to it I still enjoy the books and will defiantly be re-reading Killing Floor at some point. It’s an action packed thriller and is really exciting! You can find my review on Killing Floor, here.
Carrie by Stephen King
Synopsis – Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…
Another King book, I know, sorry! Just like The Shining I think there is a lot of people that love Carrie but I also think it’s stuck in the years that it first came out, this was King’s first published book which happened in 1974, that long ago, can you believe it?! It’s still a major book which has also had a couple movie adaptations but I don’t think enough people pick it up to read now. It’s such a quick read so I find it a shame that people don’t buzz about it these days as it takes only a couple of hours to read and it’s so worth it, it’s interesting all the way through and it’s just an epic story. So please if you have never read Carrie or any book of Stephen Kings, then start here.