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10 Books to Read While You Wait for Season 2 of Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty started a revolution with the release of Big Little Lies in 2014. Now a fan favorite TV show on HBO, this powerful story of wives and mothers tackles tough topics with a twisty storyline and a thrilling twist. While we wait for season two of the award-winning show, we’ll be binging these 10 titles that are perfect for fans of the show and book.


1. Better Than This by Cathy Zane


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Sarah Jenkins’s life looks perfect to those on the outside but in reality, she’s struggling to keep it all together. As her darkest secrets begin to come to light, she finds a letter she had long forgotten about. Now doing what she can to regain control of her life and relying on the contents of that mysterious letter, she stands up to the man who has hurt her and becomes the woman and mother she’s always strived to be. This new novel is a testament to the strength and resilience of women and the ways we stand up against those who have hurt us.


2. Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel


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The life of a socialite is thrown into chaos in this new book from Juliet McDaniel. After her husband leaves her for another woman, Maxine finds herself in Scottsdale, determined to win the title of Mrs. American Pie and relive her pageant days. But this contest isn’t as easy as she had thought and if she wants to win, she’ll have to find a husband and build a family to care for. Mr. & Mrs. American Pie is a light-hearted novel about a woman who finds her happily ever after in a place where she feels trapped.


3. Tilda’s Promise by Jean P. Moore


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Jean P. Moore’s latest novel documents the life of a woman who has just lost the man she loved for over four decades. Mourning the loss with her granddaughter, the two must learn how to move on with their lives together. Finding hope in their friends and family, Tilda and granddaughter Tilly will find that there’s always room for happiness and fresh starts. This inspiring women’s fiction novel is one the women in Big Little Lies could benefit from reading.


4. The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani


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Jaya has just endured her third miscarriage and couldn’t think of anything worse—until her marriage begins to fall apart too. Now struggling with her next steps in life, Jaya travels to India where she meets Ravi, who tells her tales of her grandmother and makes her realize just how strong the woman was. Letting her grandmother’s strength inspire her, Jaya begins to pick up the pieces of her life with a sense of renewal and courage.


5. What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell


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If you tune into Big Little Lies for the suspense and thrill, Matthew Farrell’s new novel should be next on your reading list. When forensics specialist Liam arrives to a crime scene where the murder victim is a woman he previously had an affair with. Unable to remember what he was doing the night she was killed, he seeks help from his brother, the detective on the case. But a strange turn of events will turn the entire case on its head and unveil a mysterious killer no one had suspected.


6. The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling


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Daphne is far from having her life together when she leaves San Francisco, looking for a new life in Altavista with her young daughter. Without help from her husband, the now single mother moves into a mobile home and becomes fast friends with the women in her new neighborhood. But as her drinking problem worsens and she finds out the truth about her new friends, she’ll realize that there are dangers she hadn’t seen coming in this new place. This story of motherhood and female friendship is a raw take on motherhood and finding your rightful place in the world.


7. Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart


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Barry Cohen knows he’s successful when it comes to his career but what he can’t seem to handle is his young son’s autism diagnosis. Leaving his family and life behind, Barry begins a mission to find his college girlfriend, forcing his wife Seema to adjust to a difficult life without him. Facing the struggles of a wealthy lifestyle and high expectations, Seema will find that in order to take care of her family, she’ll have to own up to her darkest secrets and move on with her life. Lake Success is a story of what happens when life throws you new challenges and the courage it takes to overcome them.


8. Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink


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Keisha Taylor and her wife, Alice, were living the ideal life… and then Alice disappeared. Accepting the fact that the woman was probably dead, Keisha did what she could to move on with her life. But when she notices that Alice is turning up at the scene of tragedies all around the country, she begins a quest to track her down and bring her home, unveiling a complicated conspiracy in the process. This thrilling new novel takes readers on a journey like never before as Keisha transforms from mourning widow to fearless investigator.


9. The Memory of You by Jamie Beck


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Stefanie Lockwood is recovering after heartbreak and an assault in Jamie Beck’s The Memory of You. Finding herself beginning a business with an old friend, the two start renovating homes in Connecticut, bringing Steffi a new sense of accomplishment. Just as things begin to look up, she reconnects with a man she once left heartbroken and they rekindle their romance—a relationship that will bring up inner demons, uneasy pasts and secrets neither wanted to get out. This second-chance romance includes important messages of mental health and recovery.


10. From Here to You by Jamie McGuire


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Darby Dixon feels trapped in her Texas town and with a baby on the way, she has to make a decision that will change both their lives forever. Fleeing her home and a finacé she fears isn’t right for her, she takes up residency in a hotel where she meets firefighter Trex who she can’t bring herself to fully trust, despite his friendliness. As she grows closer to the mysterious man, she’ll find that her ex is coming for her and their unborn child, forcing her to stand up for herself like never before. If you admire Celeste’s strength in standing up to Perry in Big Little Lies, you’ll love this new release from Jamie McGuire.



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