So I’ve just read a book that reminds me so much of His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.
His Bloody Project
So for those of you who don’t know His Bloody Project is a fiction but feels very real story about a young man who brutally murdered three people. It speaks to you from the murderers perspective that causes you to question if he did it. It then turns to an external view of the investigation which puts more doubt into your mind.
It’s really quite twisted but causes you to really question poeple’s motives for things. The perspective also really reminded me of Albert Camus’s The Stranger. You know that both of these books end badly but you still get kind of blindsided when it does.
Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
So this is a historical fiction novel inspired by true events. It takes a ‘murder’ from 1924 England where doubt remains as to Norman Thorne’s guilt. It takes a look at the events surrounding the murder and perhaps how it came to be or not to be.
Something I found really interesting at the end was that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took an interest in the case at the time.
So why do I think you should read one or the other?
Well one is complete fiction and the other is based on true events so it would seem like they aren’t the same thing. However the style they’re both written in and how much they both feel real makes me think that fans of one would enjoy the other.
They are both pretty grim in all honesty and plain speaking to the point of dull. It isn’t the writing that keeps you captivated but the dreadful end and plot that you know is coming. It’s like a train wreck, you know it will end horribly but you just can’t look away.
I honestly am surprised that His Bloody Project isn’t real. I believe it was based sort of on a true story but not as documented as Chickenfeed.
The historical element is also interesting to see how the law treats things and how criminals are convicted. They are 50 years apart and different countries but it is similar enough to stand up.
They is also a view on mental health and mental illness in both of these and it’s interesting to see how people with these issues are treated because it’s appalling.
So I just wanted to share this with you because these are pretty different stories that aren’t well publicised and I just wanted to talk about them. If you have read either I would love to chat with you. I would also recommend:
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Traitors of the Tower by Alison Weir
I would say these are also good similarities but in completely different ways but I still wanted to give them a mention.