This is Feature Shelf, a series that provides book recommendations based on theme or title suggestions. This week’s shelf was requested by Ryan. It’s Feature Shelf #44: The Murder & Crime Edition. My name is eli, I’m also called the (book) supplier. Thanks for watching.
Ryan initially requested books similar to the movie The Purge, and since that’s not a movie with which I’m familiar, we talked a little bit about what he liked about said movie. By the time we finished talking, we’d boiled this edition down to books about murder and crime.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.
Jasper Dent is the son of a serial killer. Dear Old Dad is in jail but someone in Lobo’s Nod is killing people again. Naturally, people think that Jasper is the one committing the murders, since he was conditioned to view people as prospects for killing. Jasper and his gang of scoobies hunt the killer to prove that Jasper isn’t like his father. This is the fantastic beginning to a crime thriller/mystery series a la Criminal Minds.
Boy Nobody by Alan Zadoff.
The protagonist of Boy Nobody is so off the grid he’s no one. He appears at new schools, makes friends or rather a specific friend, kills someone, and then disappears. And then he’s assigned to befriend the daughter of the mayor of New York City. This man reminds him of a father he’d forgotten. The question in this series debut is will Boy Nobody continue with the mission, or will he decide that the people in The Program, the group that assigns him his targets, has gone too far?
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
This is the party you don’t want to miss. Three days, no parents. Just fun on an island, unsupervised. And things are fun until a DVD plays with the ominous message: “Vengeance is mine.” A storm hits the island knocking out the power — no electricity, no phones, no internet and no way off the island for two days. And then people start to die. Main character, Meg, has to figure out who’s committing these terrifying murders before becomes the next victim.
Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
Tandy Angel was the last person to see her parents alive. After they’re killed, she and her three siblings are the prime suspects. The only way to exonerate herself is to investigate her parents, but diving deeper and deeper into their lives could be even more detrimental to her well-being. If Tandy didn’t kill them, who did? And if she did, then why can’t she remember?
The Naturals by Jennifer Barnes.
Cassie has a gift for figuring people out. She was taught by her mother before she was brutally murdered. But that wouldn’t have been any good if she hadn’t been a natural at it already. This natural ability is what the FBI is interested in. Cassie is recruited by the leader of an elite FBI group for teenagers designed to help them hone their natural abilities. While they’re not supposed to contribute active cases, when the person who murdered her mother starts killing again, Cassie and her group of teenage profilers can’t help but get involved.
So that’s five books you might like if you’re a fan of murder and crime stories: I Hunt Killers, Boy Nobody, Ten, Confessions of a Murder Suspect and The Naturals.
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