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.
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49,964 members
749 reviews
½ 3.7
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14,001 members
290 reviews
½ 3.7
9 Members
SqueakyChu, Moomin_Mama, thecoroner, martensgirl, alex68, jeffza, dwherring, Bwoo67, ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
Moomin_Mama: Rats, cheese and broken glass...
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7,777 members
79 reviews
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8 Members
SqueakyChu, Moomin_Mama, blackdove07, thecoroner, lewbs, martensgirl, alex68, Bwoo67
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Moomin_Mama: The images in Renton's mind while shagging his sister-in-law were too much for the film version, I guess.
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18,239 members
453 reviews
3.9
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82,523 members
1,276 reviews
4.2
6 Members
Moomin_Mama, lewbs, martensgirl, alex68, Bluewolf0411, ManWithAnAgenda
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Moomin_Mama: "We are the dead".
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13,114 members
391 reviews
4.1
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26,013 members
389 reviews
4
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23,060 members
941 reviews
3.8
5 Members
Moomin_Mama, lewbs, alex68, Bwoo67, ManWithAnAgenda
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Moomin_Mama: The overall idea and the sadness of it all.
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11,695 members
274 reviews
4.2
5 Members
Moomin_Mama, thecoroner, lewbs, alex68, softsocks
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Moomin_Mama: Judge Holden
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31,869 members
565 reviews
4.1
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20,021 members
238 reviews
4
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12,621 members
223 reviews
3.9
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8,186 members
249 reviews
½ 3.4
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7,821 members
396 reviews
4.1
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7,654 members
150 reviews
½ 3.4
4 Members
Moomin_Mama, martensgirl, alex68, ManWithAnAgenda
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Moomin_Mama: A new use for a Resusci Anne, and something about a miscarried foetus...
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7,134 members
204 reviews
3.8
4 Members
SqueakyChu, Moomin_Mama, blackdove07, alex68
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Moomin_Mama: Blowing up bunny.
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3,715 members
76 reviews
4.2
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54,237 members
774 reviews
3.9
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39,365 members
666 reviews
3.9
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35,970 members
942 reviews
½ 3.7
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34,630 members
1,407 reviews
4.1
3 Members
Moomin_Mama, sipthereader, lewbs
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Moomin_Mama: Played on my mind long after reading.
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27,847 members
576 reviews
½ 4.3
3 Members
Moomin_Mama, alex68, ManWithAnAgenda
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Moomin_Mama: Moshe the Beadle's story, and the arrival in Aushwitz.
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23,897 members
467 reviews
4.1
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6,668 members
185 reviews
4.1
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5,542 members
152 reviews
3.9
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2,475 members
122 reviews
½ 3.7
3 Members
Moomin_Mama, blackdove07, Bwoo67
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Moomin_Mama: When all is revealed to the reader...
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2,144 members
17 reviews
½ 3.6
3 Members
Moomin_Mama, thecoroner, martensgirl
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Moomin_Mama: Shock for the sake of shock, objectifying women in the same way as porno. This is where I stopped reading Irvine Welsh.
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2,093 members
28 reviews
½ 3.5
3 Members
Moomin_Mama, martensgirl, Bwoo67
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Moomin_Mama: The scurfy, flaky skin on the young girl's shoulders and chest - this book is Filth alright.
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1,316 members
26 reviews
3.1
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69,890 members
1,086 reviews
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, Bwoo67
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42,709 members
1,149 reviews
4.1
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35,710 members
510 reviews
3.9
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27,104 members
779 reviews
3.9
2 Members
cej1027, ManWithAnAgenda
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cej1027: 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.
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23,332 members
453 reviews
4.1
2 Members
hipdeep, Bwoo67
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22,311 members
1,547 reviews
3.9
2 Members
dara85, Bwoo67
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dara85: How could anyone be so calculating, manipulating and vengeful?
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17,249 members
318 reviews
½ 3.7
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15,874 members
378 reviews
4.1
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13,758 members
769 reviews
4.2
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10,896 members
279 reviews
3.8
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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9,958 members
519 reviews
½ 4.3
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8,860 members
131 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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8,303 members
93 reviews
3.9
2 Members
lewbs, softsocks
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7,625 members
93 reviews
4
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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7,304 members
173 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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6,158 members
163 reviews
4
2 Members
thecoroner, Bwoo67
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4,314 members
57 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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4,249 members
114 reviews
4.1
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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3,742 members
59 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Moomin_Mama, softsocks
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Moomin_Mama: Poor Oyster Boy!
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3,563 members
77 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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3,323 members
129 reviews
3.9
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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2,257 members
25 reviews
4.2
2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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2,202 members
41 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
cej1027, ManWithAnAgenda
Explanations
cej1027: This book will be one of my favorites, but it's still very upsetting. The POV is animal research victims.
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1,865 members
54 reviews
3.9
2 Members
Moomin_Mama, ahef1963
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Moomin_Mama: The threat of execution hanging over the brothers, and the ways in which this was attempted, were horrifying.
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1,382 members
12 reviews
½ 3.6
2 Members
Moomin_Mama, martensgirl
Explanations
Moomin_Mama: The scene with the guard dog seemed gratuitous and unnecessary - yeah yeah, I know it's Irvine Welsh but still...
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1,365 members
12 reviews
3.8
2 Members
Moomin_Mama, martensgirl
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Moomin_Mama: About the damage wreaked by sexual abuse. Pulls no punches.
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1,203 members
32 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
alex68, softsocks
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963 members
79 reviews
½ 3.4
2 Members
thecoroner, Bwoo67
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953 members
14 reviews
3.8
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2 Members
thecoroner, alex68
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526 members
10 reviews
½ 3.7
2 Members
KimarieBee, Bwoo67
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KimarieBee: It was the afterword that was truly disturbing
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457 members
12 reviews
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370 members
11 reviews
½ 3.6
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359 members
12 reviews
½ 3.5
2 Members
Moomin_Mama, Bwoo67
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Moomin_Mama: The hot poker, and the lasting psychological damage to all involved.
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173 members
4 reviews
½ 3.5
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25 members
3 reviews
4.2
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35,703 members
545 reviews
3.8
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alex68
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22,571 members
276 reviews
4
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alex68
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17,587 members
153 reviews
4.1
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cej1027
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14,417 members
193 reviews
4
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alex68
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12,729 members
257 reviews
3.8
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12,632 members
156 reviews
4.1
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alex68
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8,515 members
305 reviews
3.9
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dara85
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7,705 members
332 reviews
4.1
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6,619 members
224 reviews
3.9
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dara85
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6,397 members
188 reviews
½ 3.5
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alex68
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6,023 members
87 reviews
4.1
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alex68
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5,078 members
124 reviews
3.9
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alex68
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4,917 members
177 reviews
3.9
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alex68
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4,601 members
60 reviews
3.9
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cej1027
Explanations
cej1027: The demon imagery here bugged me for weeks.
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4,404 members
67 reviews
½ 3.5
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alex68
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3,832 members
112 reviews
4.1
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RuMuse
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RuMuse: A great and psychologically gripping book that is disturbing as hell to read. Controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 1985.
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3,683 members
161 reviews
3.8
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cej1027
Explanations
cej1027: I try really hard not to think about this book.
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3,573 members
100 reviews
½ 3.6
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alex68
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3,181 members
35 reviews
3.8
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cej1027
Explanations
cej1027: Not for the reason you'd think. The blonde hair worship really p***ed me off after a while.
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3,020 members
34 reviews
3.8
Member
alex68
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2,593 members
59 reviews
3.9
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alex68
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2,394 members
67 reviews
4.2
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alex68
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2,357 members
33 reviews
4.1
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alex68
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1,960 members
53 reviews
½ 3.6
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alex68
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1,814 members
27 reviews
½ 3.7
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cej1027
Explanations
cej1027: I stopped reading when I got to the incest part.
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1,802 members
23 reviews
4
Member
cej1027
Explanations
cej1027: I stopped reading when it insinuated that casual sex is empowering to women.
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1,565 members
81 reviews
4
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alex68
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1,395 members
30 reviews
4.1
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alex68
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1,220 members
59 reviews
½ 3.4
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alex68
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1,085 members
47 reviews
½ 3.7
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dara85
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960 members
49 reviews
½ 3.7
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alex68
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867 members
18 reviews
½ 3.5
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Moomin_Mama
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Moomin_Mama: Vile, vile, vile man, childish, self-absorbed and selfish.
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696 members
20 reviews
½ 4.3
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Moomin_Mama
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Moomin_Mama: The poor couple being so badly prepared for nuclear war.
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628 members
27 reviews
4.2