The Most Disturbing Book You've Ever Read.

  • Valerie.

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    I haven't read many weird books but I read Memoirs of a Geisha at 12 and was disturbed by some of the stuff in there.
    September 28th, 2014 at 09:17am
  • Freya Stark

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    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I read it two years ago at a very uncertain time of my life. In short, I guess I was having a sort of identity crisis, and reading Plath did little to quell it. Not that I didn't like the book, I just felt very... weird about it. I'd take it into the shower with me, and put the plughole in so that by the time I was done, there'd be enough water in the tub to sit in and read it for hours on end. My mum kept asking if there was anything wrong and I couldn't say for sure if there was or not. I realise that my reaction says more about me, than it does about The Bell Jar but nonetheless, something very peculiar came over me when I read it, and I'm yet to go near it again.
    May 10th, 2015 at 12:23pm
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    I'm gonna add the Dollenganger series to my list of most disturbing books I've ever read. It's all full of incest and has a lot of religious undertones. It's kinda adorable at times, but it's pretty dark what with a brother and sister falling for each other after being trapped in an attic for a few years and then the sister's son falling for the sibling's grandmother? Yeah, it's full of incest.
    May 19th, 2015 at 03:27am
  • May Lewis

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    I read Unwind when I was 15-16 by Neil Shusterman, which wasn't really all that disturbing in itself, but there is a scene where a character is being unwound and I don't know why, but it was written in such a way that I still find it hard to breath even thinking about that scene 3-4 years later. I've never read that rest of the books or reread it because it was such a powerful image that I want to leave it as is. I'm weird. *shrugs*

    I read End Game by Nancy Garden around the same time, which was about a school shooting from the shooter's perspective. I just remembered it ended with this awful feeling like your entire life is over and there's nothing you can do about it.

    I guess it's more emotion that sticks with me than dark subject matter. Someone can be brutally murdered and it won't bother me at all in a story, but if you describe the horror that person felt as they were being murdered, I'll remember it forever.
    June 1st, 2015 at 02:14am
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    The Freakshow by Bryan Smith.
    I still legitimately shudder whenever I think about this book and I kind of wish I hadn't made myself finish reading it. It was depraved AF.
    December 23rd, 2015 at 08:53am
  • coffincake

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    American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis was pretty messed up. Loved it though. Also Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs is another insane/messed up book. I would have liked it but it was extremely hard to follow. It's written like it's straight from a drug addicts brain with no editing. Like, just long trains of thought and random shit. It's cool but super hard to follow.
    October 4th, 2017 at 05:02pm
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    I read Stephen King's Misery when I was probably still a bit too young and that spooked me for a solid month; I started seeing humanish shapes in the dark corners of rooms.
    May 10th, 2018 at 05:04pm