Ten books about revenge

10 May 2016

By Pan Macmillan

Revenge is a dish best served cold... or cold-blooded. Melanie Raabe, author of The Trap, selects her ten favourite revenge books.

The heroine of this gorgeous book is a beautiful undertaker named Blum. When Blum's husband is killed, she seeks murderous revenge. Woman of the Dead by Austrian author Bernhard Aichner is a rollercoaster ride, incredibly fast and thrilling – and absolutely irrestistible.

I loved to read Alexandre Dumas when I was a child. I wanted to be a Musketeer so badly! Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo might just be the father of all revenge stories. Adventure, suspense, noble characters and despicable villains – I love this book.

Everybody loves Stieg Larsson's protagonist Lisbeth Salander. And so do I! The whole trilogy is simply amazing, but in my opinion, the first of the three books is still the best. It is a very rich novel with a lot of different aspects to it, revenge being just one of them.

A bullied teenager seeks vengeance. I love Stephen king, and I adore this classic book from 1974.

Flynn's smash hit Gone Girl is so many things: an amazing thriller, a story about the American midwest, a tale about lost love – and it is a chilling, unique story about revenge.

A magical story about love, loss, books and revenge, set in the unique atmosphere of Barcelona.

A manipulative woman seeks revenge in the most clever and subtle way. Haunting.

French novelist Fred Vargas is one of my favourite crime writers. I love her strange, vivid characters and her clever plots. This one is an especially cunning tale.

A man is betrayed and left for dead in the wilderness. He survives against all odds. And he is not the forgiving type.

I can not put together a list of revenge stories and leave out this clever classic!

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