Megan Collins is the author of Behind the Red Door, The Winter Sister, and The Family Plot. She has taught creative writing for many years at both the high school and college level and is the managing editor of 3Elements Literary Review. She lives in Connecticut.
True crime is having a moment. Or maybe it’s a movement, with new podcasts and documentaries seeming to pop up each week. Like many people, I am here for it. In fact, my latest thriller, The Family Plot, follows a family so obsessed with true crime that the parents named all their children after famous victims of murder and homeschooled them with a curriculum that featured true crime stories and reenactments—only to find themselves at the center of a true crime themselves.
Mine is certainly not the only book that examines our cultural obsession with murder and mayhem. Suspense authors have been taking their cues from true crime for a while now, which means that once you’ve finished bingeing the latest docuseries, there’s always a juicy book to turn to for those same chills and thrills.
These thrillers either take their inspiration from real-life events, making them the perfect read for die-hard murderinos, or they include excerpts of fictional podcasts that will be sure to entice listeners of heavy hitters like My Favorite Murder, Serial, and In the Dark.