With strong female protagonists, Liane Moriarty’s books have delighted a wide audience, and Big Little Lies was even made into a hit HBO series starring powerful women like Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Since Truly Madly Guilty is coming to paperback soon, we thought we’d share a list of books that feature family, friendships, deceit and drama. Fans of Liane Moriarty will love these selections.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Mia Warren moves to the quiet suburbs with her daughter, Pearl, for a fresh start. They rent a house from the picture-perfect Richardson family. As time goes on, the Richardson children grow more fascinated with Mia and Pearl. But Elena Richardson isn’t a fan of Mia’s mysterious past and disregard for the status quo. When a custody battle over a Chinese-American baby divides the town, Mia and Elena are on opposite sides. Secrets come to light, but at what cost?
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
It seems a jealous ex-wife is obsessed with her new, younger replacement. It seems that the dynamics of this twisted love triangle are clear. But nothing should be assumed while reading this book. The Wife Between Us exposes the truth behind an enviable marriage and everything we ignore in the name of love.
Speaking of Summer by Kalisha Buckhanon
Autumn’s twin sister, Summer, goes missing one night in December. She was last seen walking to the rooftop of their building, but the roof door is locked and there’s only one set of footprints on the snow-blanketed roof. Autumn takes charge of the search on her own since the police don’t care about another missing Black woman. As she gets deeper into the investigation, Autumn begins to unravel, unable to handle the loss and the mysterious circumstances of Summer’s disappearance.
And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall
Isabel is missing and it’s up to Grayson to find her. Gray is hesitant to track down a woman who might not want to be found, but her investigation takes dangerous turns when she discovers Isabel’s hidden secrets. Now determined to figure out the truth, Gray gets caught up in a cat and mouse game with Isabel as revelations continue to come to light.
An American Marriage by Tayeri Jones
Celestial and Roy are newlyweds who are the embodiment of the American Dream and the New South. But then Roy is arrested for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit, and he’s sentenced to twelve years in prison. Alone and unmoored, Celestial finds comfort in her childhood friend and best man at their wedding, Andre. As time passes, Celestial feels herself drifting away from the love that has been her whole world. But then, five years into his sentence, Roy’s conviction is overturned and he returns home, ready to pick up right where things left off.
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Hannah is happily married to Owen, despite her strained relationship with her sixteen-year-old stepdaughter, Bailey. But then Owen disappears and leaves Hannah a note that says, Protect Her. Unable to get in touch with Owen, and with unannounced US marshals and federal agents showing up at her home, Hannah realizes she has no idea who her husband is. With Bailey’s safety as her priority, Hannah takes them on a trip to uncover the truth, but as they start connecting the dots, they realize how different their future will look.
It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
Three very different girls become best friends when they meet in college. Years later, they are all married – one to a party boy, one to someone better than she, and one to the boy next door. When one of the women dies mysteriously, the intensity of their friendship is revealed, and a husband will be suspected of the murder. But could the women’s love/hate relationship be the real reason behind the mysterious death?
The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen
Even though their neighborhood is ranked one of the top safest in the U.S., there are secrets to be discovered in Newport Cove. Kellie, Susan and Gigi are three neighbors who are each dealing with their own problems when Tessa and her family move into their cul-de-sac. While the three women have secrets of their own, Tessa may bring the biggest secret of all into their quiet and safe neighborhood.
Better Than This by Cathy Zane
Everyone around Sarah Jenkins is convinced that she has the perfect life but in Better Than This, her intricate lies and carefully crafted life will begin to come undone. As secrets about her marriage and her past come to light, a mysterious letter re-appears that will change her life forever.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
When Anne and Marco Conti head to a dinner party next door, they have no idea that their perfect lives are going to be torn apart. When a crime is committed, it’s up to Detective Rasbach to figure out what the couple is hiding. He will discover a tale of lies and betrayal that will leave readers breathless.
The Lost Husband by Katherine Center
After living with her hypocritical mother for two years after her husband’s death, Libby Moran jumps at the opportunity to move to her aunt’s home, complete with a goat farm. It’s a chance for Libby and her two children to start anew. Life in the country is more than Libby had expected; it’s hard work mixed with a sense of country quiet. As she rebuilds her life, she realizes that she may have found the place to call home.
The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle
Three women tell the tale of what is assumed a crime against a child when a teacher crosses the line. Seventeen-year-old Morgan believes in her teacher, TJ Hill, and that she was not taken advantage of. Morgan’s mother has a difference of opinion. And TJ’s wife, Rain, is conflicted with the drama as she blames herself for her husband’s misdeeds. Inspired by real-life events, The Whole Golden World is a riveting story about three very different women and the man at the center of a possible crime against one of them.
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