Everyone these days seems to be reading You by Caroline Kepnes. Reading it and praising it. And this book…I just can’t read it. I tried. I picked up the audiobook and began to listen, but it wasn’t long before I had to turn it off. I tried the print version, thinking perhaps it was just the audio. Nope. I shut the book. In the end, the narrator was just too disturbing for me to continue.
I admit, I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to certain kinds of disturbing books. I can handle something like Lolita just fine, when I know others have the same squeamish reaction I had to You. But some books are just too much for me. Even when I really want to read them. Like Sandra Brannan’s Liv Bergen mysteries. I love Brannan – she’s an awesome person and I’m super happy to have met her at BEA in 2010 – but every time I’ve tried to read through the first in that series, I’m so disturbed that I have to put it away. Brannan, like Kepnes, just writes so frickin’ well that the creep-factor shudders right through me!
This is totally a recommendation of both the above books, btw, even if I can’t make it through them…
Do y’all have books that are just NO!!! books for you, because they’re disturbing or something similar? What are your creep-boundaries?