At Tor.com Fine tagged five books in which special powers have unfortunate side effects, including:
The Green Mile by Stephen KingRead about the other entries on the list.
John Coffey is locked up in Cold Mountain State Penitentiary for raping and murdering two little girls, but as guard Paul Edgecombe gets to know him, he realizes John has some pretty unusual gifts. Sensitive and empathic, John somehow has the power to heal others, and it turns out his attempt to use that ability to try to help others led to his imprisonment. This story is a perfect yet brutal example of how a wonderful, positive power can get a good person into serious and tragic hot water. I highly recommend the read—just have a box of tissues at your side.
The Green Mile is among Joseph H. Cooper's four top books to assign to inmate-students.