In 2015, a study showed that nearly half of all Americans believe in one or more widely held conspiracy theories. Whether it’s assassinations, aliens, political setups, or unexpected disasters, it seems to me that there could always be more to the story than what makes the news—which is perfect for novelists in search of their next suspenseful tale. Here’s a list of some of my favorite books that touch on some of the most popular conspiracy theories to date. In the words of THE X-FILES: the truth is out there!
On Julianna’s wish list
I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and more so when an author is ambitious enough to assume the voice of a famous (or rather, infamous) figure. In this novel, Joyce Carol Oates reimagines the life of Norma Jeane Baker, known to the world as Marilyn Monroe, as she rises and falls in the Golden Age of Hollywood. I’ve been quite obsessed with old movies and the “You Must Remember This” podcast lately, so it seems like a perfect holiday fit.
Read the full review of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.
Read the full review of 11/22/63.
“Regardless of what genre of literature one prefers, 11/22/63 comes down to this: it is a gripping, harrowing, tragic, and beautiful story about love, memory, evil, and how the best of intentions can go awry... This is King for the faint of heart, for the history buff, for the romantic—for everyone.”