The 10 Best Books With Villains Main Characters – Favbookshelf

If you’ve read about the most morally gray character in the book and gone- ‘That is my favorite character!’ then you’ve come to the right place. Listed below are books with the main villain character.

10 Best Villain Main Character Books
10 Best Villain Main Character Books

#1 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


About the Book

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, villain main character books
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Title: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Pages: 260

Goodreads Rating: 3,84

Victor Frankenstein is a scientist by day and a madman at night. He dreams of becoming a God and making a creature of his own. But, when his experiments birth something more monstrous than his imagination, his whole world collapses.

Why do we recommend it?

Frankenstein may not be your first choice in the article, but it is brilliant. The messed-up mind of Victor fuels the story and makes it a deliciously dark tale. In addition, it is a spectacular insight into what society titles a monster. This is one of the best books with the main villain character.

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#2 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


About the Book

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Title: Wuthering Heights

Author: Emily Bronte

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Pages: 359

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5

When Mr. Lockwood is forced to spend a stormy night at the Gothic mansion of his landlord, what he isn’t expecting is a tale of secrecy being unfolded before his eyes. Moving in between the past and present, this book weaves a story of love, violence, hatred, and passion.

Why do we recommend it?

This is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. It is lyrical and will fulfill all of your Gothic reading dreams. But at the same time, it is a story of a passion so intense that it consumes people and leaves desolation in its wake. In addition, it is one of the best books with the main villain character.

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#3 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis


About the Book

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, villain main character books
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Title: American Psycho

Author: Bret Easton Ellis

Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries/ Random House

Pages: 399

Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Patrick Bateman is young, dashing, and successful. He works on Wall Street and earns more money than he can spend. But Patrick has a secret (kind of) that he is a psychopath. So he slowly spirals into insanity, trying to make sense of the external world around him.

Why do we recommend it?

You know the feeling when you can’t peel your eyes away from something disturbing; this book is the personification of that. I have never read and felt insanity building so surely around me before this book. In addition, it is one of the best books with the main villain character.

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#4 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


About the Book

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Title: Lolita

Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

Pages: 331

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5

Humbert Humbert is a man who calls himself an aesthete. He is perversely obsessed with nymphets (as he calls them) or girls between 9 and 14 years of age. This obsession leads him to Dolores or Lolita and, in turn to a place of no turning back.

Why do we recommend it?

I stared at my wall for fifteen minutes after finishing this book, and even now, I think about it too frequently for comfort. It is a brilliant book despite as well as because of its subject matter.

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#5 You by Caroline Kepnes


About the Book

You by Caroline Kepnes, villain main character books
You by Caroline Kepnes

Title: You

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publisher: Atria/ Emily Bestler Books

Pages: 464

Goodreads Rating: 3.95

Joe is an ordinary boy working in the bookstore. He is sweet and shy and will probably not look at you. So when Beck goes to the bookstore for some relaxing time, he doesn’t expect to see a cute boy and definitely doesn’t expect the nightmare that comes next.

Why do we recommend it?

This book really amps the creep factor to the maximum. It will give you trust issues and make you triple-check the person that you’re going out with. The point of view of Joe makes this book an excellent read.

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#6 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


About the Book

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, villain main character books
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Broadway Books

Pages: 415

Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5

Nick Dunne is hoping for a lovely day with his wife on his wedding anniversary, but he is greeted by cops asking him about his wife’s whereabouts. Suddenly the entire world is turned against him, Amy’s friends, her family, and the police; everyone is adamant about proving him guilty of some crime. But what actually happened that morning? What is Nick’s secret?

Why do we recommend it?

Gone Girl is told through two POVS, and you don’t discover the villain until the very end. The twists and turns in the book will blow your mind and will keep you glued to the book until the very last page. In addition, it is one of the best books with the main villain character.

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#7 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins


About the Book

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Title: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 541

Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5

President Snow didn’t always have the glorious title that goes with his name. He was once a young boy expected to train the lowest of the low, the girl from District 12. Instead, it is up to him to win the Hunger Games and reestablish the power of his house.

Why do we recommend it?

If you’re a Hunger Games fan, you’ll love this book’s little nods and details. However, what attracted me to this one is the darkly gray character of Snow, he is irredeemable, and that is why following him was absolutely enjoyable to the very end.

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#8 Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba


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Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, villain main character books
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Title: Death Note

Author: Tsugumi Ohba

Publisher: VIZ Media LLC

Pages: 195

Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5

A high school student gets tangled in a playful game of the Shinigami Ryuk (angel of death). Light Yagami picks up a mysterious book from the school ground. When he discovers that the book holds the power to kill people, his view on humanity and his existence starts to change,

Why do we recommend it?

Death Note is definitely a manga that you should read once in your lifetime. The nature of Light as good or evil is questioned by many fans, but it goes without saying that he bedazzles as a villain, making this manga a scrumptious read.

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#9 Vicious by V.E. Schwab


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Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Title: Vicious

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: TOR books

Pages: 366

Goodreads Rating: 4.23

Victor breaks out of prison to catch up with his old friend Eli. They were old college roommates, young and brilliant, whose experiments led them to a discovery that would change the course of the entire world.

Why do we recommend it?

If you ever wished that X-men was remade in book form, then your dreams have come true. This is a staple for everyone who roots for the villains. Its beautifully gray characters make it a must-read.

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#10 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


About the Book

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, villain main character books
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Pages: 465

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

In the dark and dingy streets of Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker is a well-known name. If you are seeking the impossible, he probably knows the way. So when a quest walks up to Kaz with a stunning price, he gathers a crew and jumps into the impossible.

Why do we recommend it?

Talk about saving the best for the last; this book will make you cry, laugh, tense up, and wish that there were thousand more in the series. This book probably ruined every other book for me (I don’t know if this is selling it) because I know I will never read something as good as this.

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Wherever you decide to travel through page this spooky season, I hope you thoroughly enjoy it. Happy Reading!

To conclude, here are the 10 best books with the main villain character you must have on your wishlist.

1Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyBuy Now
2Wuthering Heights by Emily BronteBuy Now
3American Psycho by Bret Easton EllisBuy Now
4Lolita by Vladimir NabokovBuy Now
5You by Caroline Kepnes,Buy Now
6Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnBuy Now
7Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne CollinsBuy Now
8Death Note by Tsugumi OhbaBuy Now
9Vicious by V.E. SchwabBuy Now
10Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoBuy Now
10 Best Books with Villain Main Character

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