Berkley / Crown / Little, Brown and Company
Elizabeth Entenman
April 03, 2017 2:00 pm

To quote Chloe Mackenzie: “Oh, calamity!” We can’t stop thinking about last night’s finale of HBO’s Big Little Lies. For the last few months, we’ve been engrossed with the show’s mysterious murder plot, tangled web of lies, and disturbing family secrets. Now that it’s all over, we need something new to fill the void.

We told you what shows to stream next, but some viewers are still reeling. If there’s still a Big Little Lies-shaped hole in your heart, these are the books you need to read. One of these might just be the next big story turned into a TV series — you never know!

1. “The Precious One” by Marisa de los Santos

William Morrow

When Taisy’s estranged father contacts her out of the blue, she wonders, Why now? This is a story of lost love and family secrets, told in alternating voices. You won’t be able to stop reading until you uncover every last detail.

2. “Five Days Left” by Julie Lawson Timmer

Berkley

Mara and Scott are two adults facing difficult goodbyes. Mara has just received a terrible diagnosis, and Scott has been fostering a young boy whose mother is in jail. As their stories weave together, we’re reminded of how little control we have over our own lives.

3. “A Long Time Gone” by Karen White

NAL

Nearly a decade after being away from home, Vivien returns, running from a broken marriage. After she finds the skeleton of an unknown woman, her quest begins to rediscover the person she once was and to end the ongoing sense of loss that haunts her family.

4. “Bittersweet” by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Crown

When an ordinary girl befriends her wealthy college roommate, her life does a complete 180. But with her newfound friend, boyfriend, and insider status also comes a dark secret. She must choose between keeping that secret and belonging, or exposing the truth and losing it all.

5. “The Rumor” by Elin Hilderbrand

Little, Brown and Company

Handsome devoted husbands? Check. Adorably cute kids? Check. Sunny beach setting? Check. Juicy rumors that the exterior perfection might not be as it seems? Check, check, check. The Rumor has all the makings of Big Little Lies, and will keep you just as enthralled until the very end. Bonus: Its summer vibes make it the perfect beach read.

6. “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty

Berkley

If you loved Big Little Lies, there’s a good chance you’ll love some of Liane Moriarty’s other titles too. She’s the master of unraveling marital lies and uncovering shocking family secrets, and she expertly does both in The Husband’s Secret.

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