6 Books to Read If You Loved Big Little Lies

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If you're like me, and tore through Big Little Lies like it was your day job, the HBO series probably brought you the most adaptation-fueled excitement you've had since the early days of Harry Potter.

The seven-episode limited-run series ended up being incredibly true to Liane Moriarty's best-selling novel, and even established a fan-base of its own, unrelated to the book's success. When its explosive finale aired last month, a quiet malaise seemed to settle over the show's fans: we wanted more. But, sadly, there's no more source material.

There's good news, though… If you loved Big Little Lies (book, show, or both!), we have some amazing reading suggestions that will help you move on.

Scroll through the novels below to find one that can fill the Big Little Lies-shaped hole in your heart.

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The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
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Recognize that name? The Australian author has written several books in the same drama-filled vein as Big Little Lies. Like Lies, The Husband's Secret topped the bestseller list upon release. Also like Lies, the novel will have you desperate for answers until you've reached its delectable final pages—I'll admit though, The Husband's Secret is a tad darker than its predecessor. Don't expect to walk away with the same feeling of vengeance.

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Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
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Semple's sophomore novel follows a dysfunctional yet loving Seattle family on the verge of crisis. When 15-year-old Bee's wild child mother, Bernadette, (think an agoraphobic Lorelai Gilmore) goes missing, it's left to her to follow Bernadette's massive paper trail, piecing her broken family back together as she gathers evidence. Bernadette's opposition to Seattle and the private school community she and Bee inhabit is total déjà vu for any Big Little Lies fan—it's a very similar world, just as bitingly funny as it is utterly tragic.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
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This engrossing novel spans a decades-long friendship, following a group of adolescents into the ever-complicating web of adulthood, plagued by changing relationships and one very dark and multi-layered secret. By the end of the 500-plus-page novel, you'll feel you know the characters inside out—The Interestings carries a mourning period of its own.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
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Celeste Ng's debut novel follows an Ohio-based Chinese American family in the '70s as they cope with and attempt to uncover the truth behind their teenage daughter and sister's mysterious death. Gripping and bittersweet, Everything I Never Told You adopts a unique perspective, examining a family dynamic through the lens of grief.

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Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
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Don't worry, this book isn't actually about physics. Marisha Pessl's debut novel is a twisting mystery framed by Calamity Physics's witty teenage narrator, Blue (long before Ivy). Echoing of Donna Tartt's The Secret History while maintaining a voice unmistakably its own, the slow-burning work highlights the genius of its young author.

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White Oleander by Janet Fitch

White Oleander by Janet Fitch
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This dark Oprah's Book Club pick tells the story of Astrid, a young girl forced to grow up in the L.A. foster care system. Virtually un-putdown-able and memorable to a fault, Fitch's winding narrative beautifully illustrates the complex struggle of its heroine.

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