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Top 5: Villains

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m posting the seventh addition in my “top 5” series. In this series, I’ll be discussing my top 5 of whatever category I’ve set myself for that post (book-related, of course!) You can find my other posts in the series here. In this post, I’ll be focusing on my top 5 villains (in no particular order), giving you some information about the character and the book they appear in! I’ve decided to go for books which have “obvious” villains from the very beginning, rather than giving away any twists/spoilers about villains who are revealed halfway through! I hope you all enjoy this series – please leave any comments or feedback below, I love hearing from you. So, here goes…



Joe from YOU by Caroline Kepnes.


About the Book.

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When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten.

But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. And the obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…


About the Character.

Joe is a deeply troubled and damaged character. He feels the need to both control and possess his love interest Beck, and will do anything it takes in order to do so. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and it’s clear from the beginning that the story will end in disaster. His narration is dark, troubling and uncensored, and as a reader it made me extremely uncomfortable at times. He’s very open about his wants and needs, many of which are motivated by sex and/or violence. He does not seem to be aware of his own problems or issues as a character, and his jealousy drives him to commit some terrible acts. However, I found Joe’s account fascinating and interesting, and became totally absorbed in his head. I couldn’t put this book down – I highly recommend it!



Joshua Kane from Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh.


About the Book.

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‘To your knowledge, is there anything that would preclude you from serving on this jury?’

Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game.

Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one.

This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house.

But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial.

Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.


About the Character.

Joshua Kane is brilliantly evil and his character is just written so well! He’s a cold, cruel serial killer, killing just for the thrill or for the excitement of it. He’s a psychopath but he is also extremely clever, always being very meticulous and cunning with regards to his plans to kill. He has so much knowledge about a wide array of subjects, and the lengths he goes to to remain undiscovered truly sent shivers down my spine. But he’s also charismatic and charming, and you can’t help but warm to him a little bit! He’s a very unique, original character, and I really appreciated how much effort Cavanagh clearly went to in writing Kane.



Derek Flint from Stalker by Lisa Stone.


About the Book.

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Derek Flint is a loner. He lives with his mother and spends his evenings watching his clients on the CCTV cameras he has installed inside their homes. He likes their companionship – even if it’s through a screen.

When a series of crimes hits Derek’s neighbourhood, DC Beth Mayes begins to suspect he’s involved. How does he know so much about the victims’ lives? Why won’t he let anyone into his office? And what is his mother hiding in that strange, lonely house?

As the crimes become more violent, Beth must race against the clock to find out who is behind the attacks. Will she uncover the truth in time? And is Derek more dangerous than even she has guessed?


About the Character.

Derek Flint is an extremely well-written villain. He’s a bit peculiar and he doesn’t really have any friends or a social life, so he takes comfort in his computer screen and likes observing others through the CCTV he has installed in their homes. He has a strong set of moral values (which probably sounds strange given the context of this book – but trust me, he really does) and does everything he can to protect his clients. He’s proud of his business and all he has achieved, showing that he does have some humanity to his character. But he’s definitely a very complex character with a lot of flaws, making him a very realistic villain. A must-read!



William Heming from The Intruder by P.S. Hogan.


About the Book.

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He has the key to hundreds of houses.
Maybe even to yours.

William Heming is an estate agent. He’s kept a copy of every key to every house he’s ever sold. Sometimes he visits them. He lets himself in when the owners are out. But what will happen if he gets caught?

What will he do next?


About the Character.

William Heming is a very interesting villain. He’s similar to Derek Flint in the fact that he intrudes on other peoples’ privacy, but Heming takes it to a whole new level by breaking into their houses! Heming is evil and sadistic, but he’s also very clever and cunning. He knows how to play and mess with people, and he’s a fantastic liar! He’s had a very damaged, troubled childhood, and this has clearly had a great impact on him. He’s a bit of a loner (as you can probably tell) and fails in romantic relationships. He’s one of the most interesting and original villains I’ve ever come across, so for that reason I’d recommend you read this book!



Boncer and Teddy from The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood.


About the Book.

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She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, ‘I need to know where I am.’ The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, ‘Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.’

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world?

Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl’s past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue – but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.


About the Characters.

There is nothing likeable whatsoever about Boncer and Teddy, particularly Boncer. They are instructed to guard the women in a makeshift prison, and they go to extreme measures to put the women in their “places”. Boncer and Teddy are animalistic and predatory, often inflicting terrible acts of violence upon the women and using them to fulfil their sexual needs and desires. However, the motivation behind the villains’ actions, and the reasons why they are there in the first place, remain unclear, adding a great deal of complexity to their characters. I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy feminist or dystopian books.










Happy reading 🙂


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