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Books for Big Little Lies Lovers
If HBO's adaptation of Liane Moriarty's novel Big Little Lies has had you glued to TV every week, and Sunday's finale has sent you into a spiral of withdrawals, we're here to help. Get stuck into this list of tantalizing reads that'll have you saying "Madeline who?" in no time.
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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
If you get your kicks from Monterey's preschool drama, overbearing parents, and murder mystery, Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me is right up your alley. Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to nurturing their daughter’s soaring gymnastics ability only to have their world turned upside-down when a violent death rocks their seemingly close-knit community.
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The House of Stairs by Barbara Vine
Secrets! Suspense! Stairs? Vine's novel about two besties who rekindle their friendship 20 years later with devastating results echoes the fierce friendship portrayed between Madeline and pals on Big Little Lies.
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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Delving into the concept of what goes on behind closed doors, Into the Darkest Corner illuminates the other side of a seemingly perfect couple. Catherine Bailey thinks blue-eyed beauty Lee Brightman is all she could ever want in a man until he reveals his true dark and violent nature. This one's for those Big Little Lies fans captivated by Celeste and Perry's destructive marriage.
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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca is the tense tale of an nameless heroine who is swept off her feet on vacation in Monte Carlo and soon finds herself engaged to the recently widowed, yet charming (and very wealthy) Maxim de Winter. Problem is, his first wife was crazy and so is the overbearing housekeeper who was obsessed with the original Mrs. de Winter and therefore goes about making the narrator's life miserable. At least she gets to live in a pretty mansion? BLL's Celeste might tell you it's not worth it, though.
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The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison
Infidelity, secrets, murders, and waterfront condos? The Silent Wife sounds a lot like Big Little Lies to us! Jodi and Todd's marriage is not in a good place; he cheats relentlessly and she denies relentlessly until everything unravels in the most catastrophic of ways. This one will have your gripped from first page to last.
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Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
This psychological thriller from Sabine Durrant will linger in your mind long after you turn the final page. Gaby Mortimer's life is pretty perfect until she stumbles upon a dead body near her London home — those pesky murderers are always ruining things. The protagonist is haunted by the image of the lifeless young woman and terrified the killer could strike again, only the police seem to have just one suspect in mind: Gaby.