Whether you savor a cozy murder mystery, a classic whodunit, or a thriller, I Love a Mystery Book Club is a great way to add to your “to read” list.
Revenge is a topic that has been written about since Grendel’s mother took her retribution in Beowulf and it shows no sign of reducing in popularity. Many classic novels touch on themes of revenge in an age when people often felt powerless. If you were the wrong sex, class, or race, you rarely had a voice. As much as I’d like to think times have changed, people still struggle to be heard every day.
As individuals we put a lot of emphasis on justice, and when people treat us unfairly we want to put it right. There’s a lot to be said for the satisfaction of the bad guys getting their comeuppance and the good guys living happily ever after, because that’s how we’d like life to be. Fair.
Revenge books, and indeed, crime books in general, appeal to our sense of order. It’s a character saying, ‘no, you can’t do that and get away with it.’ The most powerful stories, for me, are the ones where I identify with a character and could see myself falling into that situation. We keep being drawn to these books, perhaps, because we’ve day-dreamed of taking revenge on those who’ve hurt us. But, being good law-abiding citizens, we’d never act on those wicked thoughts.
That’s where our favorite stories come in…
Taken from Crime Reads
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