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Most Disturbing Books

Description: Add/vote for books that disturbed you in some way, whether it was the overall tone of the book or just one or two tasteless scenes.

Members: 24 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
44,089 members, 694 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (3): The pig-hunting scene.

2
12,655 members, 256 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (5): Rats, cheese and broken glass...

3
7,142 members, 75 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (17): The images in Renton's mind while shagging his sister-in-law were too much for the film version, I guess.

5
72,630 members, 1,171 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (20): "We are the dead".

6
23,499 members, 362 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
7
11,803 members, 365 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
8
20,484 members, 888 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: lewbs, Bwoo67, Moomin_Mama, alex68

Score: 4

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (22): The overall idea and the sadness of it all.

9
9,923 members, 239 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (23): Judge Holden

10
7,281 members, 379 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: dara85, generalkala, Bwoo67, alex68

Score: 4

11
6,509 members, 192 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (4): Blowing up bunny.

12
34,601 members, 607 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Bwoo67, thecoroner, alex68

Score: 3

13
33,402 members, 914 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: Bwoo67, dara85, martensgirl

Score: 3

14
30,973 members, 1,346 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: lewbs, sipthereader, Moomin_Mama

Score: 3

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (6): Played on my mind long after reading.

15
28,980 members, 519 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: alex68, thecoroner, Bwoo67

Score: 3

16
18,165 members, 209 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: lewbs, alex68, Bwoo67

Score: 3

17
10,486 members, 171 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: alex68, lewbs, Bwoo67

Score: 3

18
7,061 members, 217 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: lewbs, Bwoo67, alex68

Score: 3

19
7,026 members, 142 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama, martensgirl, alex68

Score: 3

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (2): A new use for a Resusci Anne, and something about a miscarried foetus...

20
4,781 members, 132 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, Bwoo67, alex68

Score: 3

21
3,329 members, 64 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, SqueakyChu, alex68

Score: 3

22
2,239 members, 105 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: blackdove07, Bwoo67, Moomin_Mama

Score: 3

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (7): When all is revealed to the reader...

23
1,988 members, 16 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (19): Shock for the sake of shock, objectifying women in the same way as porno. This is where I stopped reading Irvine Welsh.

24
1,918 members, 25 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: Bwoo67, martensgirl, Moomin_Mama

Score: 3

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (15): The scurfy, flaky skin on the young girl's shoulders and chest - this book is Filth alright.

25
1,119 members, 21 reviews
3.02 stars (3.02 stars)

Lists: alex68, thecoroner, Bwoo67

Score: 3

26
63,596 members, 1,010 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: hipdeep, Bwoo67

Score: 2

27
24,206 members, 535 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: alex68, Moomin_Mama

Score: 2

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (21): Moshe the Beadle's story, and the arrival in Aushwitz.

28
21,148 members, 424 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

29
20,215 members, 417 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: hipdeep, Bwoo67

Score: 2

30
18,798 members, 1,438 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: dara85, Bwoo67

Score: 2

Explanations:

dara85 (3): How could anyone be so calculating, manipulating and vengeful?

31
11,521 members, 704 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: dara85, generalkala

Score: 2

32
10,064 members, 254 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

33
8,060 members, 115 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: alex68, thecoroner

Score: 2

34
7,005 members, 88 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

35
6,407 members, 162 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

36
5,899 members, 162 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: alex68, thecoroner

Score: 2

37
5,644 members, 155 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Bwoo67, thecoroner

Score: 2

38
5,431 members, 91 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: alex68, thecoroner

Score: 2

39
3,730 members, 50 reviews
3.58 stars (3.58 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

40
3,725 members, 105 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

41
3,251 members, 72 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

42
2,938 members, 118 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, alex68

Score: 2

43
1,559 members, 52 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: ahef1963, Moomin_Mama

Score: 2

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (14): The threat of execution hanging over the brothers, and the ways in which this was attempted, were horrifying.

44
1,289 members, 12 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: martensgirl, Moomin_Mama

Score: 2

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (16): The scene with the guard dog seemed gratuitous and unnecessary - yeah yeah, I know it's Irvine Welsh but still...

45
1,274 members, 11 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: martensgirl, Moomin_Mama

Score: 2

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (13): About the damage wreaked by sexual abuse. Pulls no punches.

46
731 members, 69 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: thecoroner, Bwoo67

Score: 2

48
466 members, 9 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee, Bwoo67

Score: 2

Explanations:

KimarieBee (2): It was the afterword that was truly disturbing

49
244 members, 7 reviews
3.36 stars (3.36 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama, Bwoo67

Score: 2

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (8): The hot poker, and the lasting psychological damage to all involved.

50
48,439 members, 692 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: hipdeep

Score: 1

51
36,975 members, 1,059 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

52
31,913 members, 452 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

53
31,005 members, 483 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

54
24,965 members, 729 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (6): The part about mutilating the dead bodies of war enemies freaked me out. Partly because I was in the middle of eating lunch when I got to that bit.… (more)

55
20,729 members, 249 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

56
15,404 members, 147 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

57
15,391 members, 293 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

58
13,243 members, 180 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

59
13,217 members, 338 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

60
11,536 members, 233 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: sipthereader

Score: 1

61
11,049 members, 137 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

62
7,717 members, 295 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: dara85

Score: 1

63
7,650 members, 79 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: lewbs

Score: 1

64
7,031 members, 412 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: dara85

Score: 1

65
5,565 members, 170 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

66
5,537 members, 81 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

67
4,898 members, 276 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: sipthereader

Score: 1

68
4,564 members, 117 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

69
4,455 members, 163 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

70
4,007 members, 56 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (5): The demon imagery here bugged me for weeks.

71
3,978 members, 64 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

72
3,485 members, 97 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: RuMuse

Score: 1

Explanations:

RuMuse (1): A great and psychologically gripping book that is disturbing as hell to read. Controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 1985.

73
3,423 members, 57 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama

Score: 1

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (11): Poor Oyster Boy!

74
3,368 members, 152 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (7): I try really hard not to think about this book.

75
3,343 members, 88 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

77
2,748 members, 34 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

78
2,631 members, 32 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (8): Not for the reason you'd think. The blonde hair worship really p***ed me off after a while.

79
2,358 members, 51 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

80
2,118 members, 31 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

81
2,085 members, 57 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

82
2,012 members, 36 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (1): This book will be one of my favorites, but it's still very upsetting. The POV is animal research victims.

83
1,694 members, 27 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (3): I stopped reading when I got to the incest part.

84
1,566 members, 17 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

Explanations:

cej1027 (4): I stopped reading when it insinuated that casual sex is empowering to women.

85
1,479 members, 49 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

86
1,289 members, 67 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

88
1,080 members, 32 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

89
1,064 members, 56 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

90
988 members, 48 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: dara85

Score: 1

91
849 members, 12 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: thecoroner

Score: 1

92
803 members, 17 reviews
3.47 stars (3.47 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama

Score: 1

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (12): Vile, vile, vile man, childish, self-absorbed and selfish.

93
653 members, 38 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

94
612 members, 17 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama

Score: 1

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (1): The poor couple being so badly prepared for nuclear war.

96
502 members, 20 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Moomin_Mama

Score: 1

Explanations:

Moomin_Mama (18): Strange, nightmarish memories of a sister's fate. What's worse is this seems to have been written with a questionable agenda.

97
414 members, 5 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

98
392 members, 12 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: bluepiano

Score: 1

99
366 members, 8 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: thecoroner

Score: 1

100
307 members, 9 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: alex68

Score: 1

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Started by: Moomin_Mama (August 2013)

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