13 Books to Read If You Love Pretty Little Liars
Books For Pretty Little Liars Fans
Now that the long-running Freeform hit has finally come to a close, fill the hole PLL has left in your heart with these 13 pulse-pounding, drama-filled reads.
Karen M. McManus, One of Us is Lying
This fast-paced and addictive novel about a group of teens (there's the token beauty, brain, criminal, athlete, and an outcast) who wind up in detention together will have you frantically flipping through its pages. Yes, it's reminiscent of The Breakfast Club, only this gathering of high school reprobates ends in murder. Just like on PLL, all those secrets will have you desperate to figure out which one of them is lying.
E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
If the sharp twists and turns of Pretty Little Liars were what kept you tuning in every week, you'll love We Were Liars. This summer read follows a group of four girls (with an penchant for lying) whose friendship ultimately turns destructive. The novel ends with a shocking twist that you'd be a liar if you said you saw coming. But, hey, at least all the drama goes down on a fancy private island!
Caleb Roehrig, Last Seen Leaving
When Flynn's girlfriend January mysteriously disappears he quickly finds himself everyone's number one suspect. Flynn embarks on a mission to find his girlfriend and ends up having to divulge a few secrets of his own along the way. Intrigue, raw emotion, and internal struggle make Last Seen Leaving as compelling as any season finale of PLL.
Amy Gentry, Good as Gone
What would you do if your long-lost daughter showed up on your doorstep eight years later, only you weren’t entirely sure she was who she claimed to be? That’s what Anna’s facing in this thriller when a potential imposter comes back into the family. A truly gripping read that will get inside your head and compel you to race through it to the last line.
Sara Shepard, The Heiresses
Penned by the same author of Pretty Little Liars, this one's a must for fans of the TV show. The Heiresses spotlights the Saybrook family who own a diamond empire and have a seemingly blessed and beautiful life. There's just one tiny drawback – family members keep getting killed off. Is it because four of them are heiresses to the family fortune? Or are there even darker motives lurking? Better read and find out.
Stephanie Garber, Caraval
Garber's novel has two things you've come to expect from every season of Pretty Little Liars: someone with a mysterious identity and masquerade balls. Sisters Scarlett and Tella evade their powerful father and run off to Caraval, a once-a-year show in which the audience participates. However, on arrival, Tella is kidnapped and it soon transpires that finding her is at the center of this year's performance. There's heartbreak, mystery, magic, and a mysterious sailor — what's not to love?
Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things
If all of PLL’s clique drama and backstabbing (and less of the, uh, murder and torture) took place in an elite ballet academy, you’d have Tiny Pretty Things.
Roxanne St. Claire, They All Fall Down
In St. Claire's novel, students at a high school annually circulate a list of the 10 prettiest girls in the junior class — and the ones who make it on are ushered into a glamorous world of popularity. But this year, the list comes with an unexpected problem: The girls on it are being killed off one by one. Just like PLL, popularity comes at a price.
Maggie Thrash, We Know It Was You
The first book in Thrash’s Strange Truth series follows two students searching to solve the mystery of a beautiful cheerleader’s death: She jumped off a bridge wearing the high school mascot’s costume, as a shadowy figure watched. Meanwhile, the rest of the popular crowd has been acting strangely, too.
Riley Sager, Final Girls
For those who loved PLL’s darker (and we mean really dark) episodes, Sager’s bloody thriller follows a group of girls, each the sole survivor of a separate massacre, who find themselves in the crosshairs of a new enemy.
Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, Burn for Burn
In this first installment of a trilogy, three girls team up (just like the best-selling author team of Han and Vivian) to enact separate revenge plots on each of the people who have wronged them individually. Just like the ostensibly picturesque Rosewood, PA of PLL, all of Burn for Burn's action plays out across the charming landscape of Jar Island.
Mary Kubica, Don’t You Cry
A girl disappears without a trace, leaving her roommate wondering how well they really knew each other, and a mysterious stranger lures an unsuspecting boy in: Do you need any more convincing to read Kubica's riveting thriller? Didn't think so.
Todd Strasser, I Wish You Were Dead
No, Strasser's book isn't necessarily named after A's deepest wish for the girls of PLL, but the anonymous blogger at the center of the story — who makes a list of people they wish were dead and seems to make it come true — certainly has plenty in common with the show's masked villain(s). And when a character named Madison gets a note threatening she's next, well, we know that can't be a good thing.