5 Books So Disturbing, People Claim They Truly Traumatized Them

Sure, horror movies are bad enough on their own…but there’s something ESPECIALLY scary about a truly disturbing book that forces your imagination to do all the work. The following will give you a whole new crop of nightmares to read about… Support our news coverage by subscribing to our Kindle Nation Daily Digest. Joining is free right now!

I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Book Club Recommendation! by [Reid, Iain]I’m Thinking of Ending Things

by Iain Reid

Kindle price: $10.99

In this “dark and compelling…unputdownable” (Booklist, starred review) literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Reminiscent of Jose Saramago’s early work, Michel Faber’s cult classic Under the Skin, and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk about Kevin, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an edgy, haunting debut. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel “packs a big psychological punch with a twisty story line and an ending that will leave readers breathless” (Library Journal, starred review).

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The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text (The Schocken Kafka Library) by [Kafka, Franz]The Trial

by Franz Kafka

Kindle price: $6.99

Written in 1914, The Trial is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century: the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy of the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the madness of totalitarianism, Kafka’s nightmare has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers. This new edition is based upon the work of an international team of experts who have restored the text, the sequence of chapters, and their division to create a version that is as close as possible to the way the author left it.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin by [Shriver, Lionel]We Need to Talk About Kevin

by Lionel Shriver

Kindle price: $12.10

That neither nature nor nurture bears exclusive responsibility for a child’s character is self-evident. But generalizations about genes are likely to provide cold comfort if it’s your own child who just opened fire on his feellow algebra students and whose class photograph—with its unseemly grin—is shown on the evening news coast-to-coast.

If the question of who’s to blame for teenage atrocity intrigues news-watching voyeurs, it tortures our narrator, Eva Khatchadourian. Two years before the opening of the novel, her son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-beloved teacher who had tried to befriend him. Because his sixteenth birthday arrived two days after the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is currently in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York.

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The Girl Next Door by [Ketchum, Jack]The Girl Next Door

by Jack Ketchum

Kindle price: $4.99

A teenage girl is held captive and brutally tortured by neighborhood children. Based on a true story, this shocking novel reveals the depravity of which we are all capable.

This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular readers of horror novels.

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The Road (Vintage International) by [McCarthy, Cormac]The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

Kindle price: $12.99

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son’s fight to survive.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

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