There are a few things I love excessively: Disneyland, Olive Garden, and anything true crime. Some find this last one a little unsettling, but what can I say, my interests are varied! I’ll often find myself going down a google rabbit hole after hearing of a new case, looking up everyone involved, Google mapping the town the crime took place, and so it goes! I often get my crime fix by listening to podcasts (post on this coming soon), and other times I satiate the obsession for something in this category on Netflix.
This month, I’m participating in a Dry January, as well as trying to spend as little money as possible on things that are not essential, which means staying in and watching a lot of shows and movies. I’m hopeful there are some crime junkies like me out there (Murderinos anyone? SSDGM-if you know, you know), and that you’ll find some inspiration for your next binge!
You | This was recommended to me by a coworker, and I got through it in 2 days. Penn Badgley (you may recognize him from Gossip Girl) plays a super creep stalker. I don’t want to give much more away, so just watch it. You will be stressed and creeped out. Found on Netflix.
Dark | Dark is a German import to the US Netflix world, and simply put, I need so much more of it. I binged the first and only season of this when I was home sick for three days last year, and I liked it so much I watched the entire thing again with my husband. Murder, secret relationships, ominous music, it’s got it all. Found on Netflix.
Safe | Another import, Safe hails from the UK. Michael C. Hall (aka Dexter), plays a widowed father whose daughter goes missing in their seemingly safe gated community. You won’t see the ending coming, and you’ll be kept guessing the entire time. Found on Netflix.
The Sinner | I feel like the masses are divided on this one, but I enjoyed it. Within the first 10 minutes of episode 1, the main character (played by Jessica Biel), stabs a man to death during a day at a crowded beach with her husband and son (this is not a spoiler, it’s in the trailers people). The show then unravels a truly twisty plot line to reveal what led her to a killing point. Found on Netflix.
The Fall | Starring Gillian Anderson (X-files) and Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Gray) make an explosive team in this psychological thriller. Be prepared to be confused by your feelings of both attraction and repulsion towards Jamie Dornan. Found on Netflix.
The Killing | This one was especially fun to watch as it’s set in Seattle, where I’m from! The show follows Detective Linden and her partner Detective Holder in their various quests to catch killers, and how it can seep into their own lives. If your from the Pacific Northwest, you’ll enjoy the subtle nods made to our region. Found on Hulu.
Bloodline | A classic tale of family rivalry, but with a very dark spin. It is a bit of a slow burn, but if you stick with it, it’s worth the pay off. I had to take a break from the intensity after season 1, but I think I’m finally ready to dive back in. Found on Netflix.
The Night Of | This show caused more anxiety than any show I’ve ever watched, but I absolutely loved it. Riz Ahmed is absolutely amazing in his role of likable character of Nasir ‘Naz’ Khan in this whoddunit. Found on HBO/Amazon Prime.
Sharp Objects | I’ve been a fan of author Gillian Flynn since Gone Girl and have read all of her thriller, including Sharp Objects. When it was announced that the latter would be adapted into a show, I couldn’t wait. Amy Adams plays the main character flawlessly, and even though I already knew what was going to happen, I found myself on the edge of my seat with every episode. Aside from the acting, the sets, music, and overall feel were beautifully done. Found on HBO/Amazon Prime.
Have you already watched any of my picks? What are your crime and psychological thriller favorite? I am always on the hunt for more, so please leave me your suggestions below! As always thank you much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!