HBO Max’s White Lotus has now had two seasons that caused people to flock to social media to talk non-stop about the show, make memes, and of course, create fan theories. With the announcement of the third season taking place in Thailand, White Lotus gives fans drama, dark comedy, and mystery all woven together in a “locked room” aspect by introducing an ensemble cast of people on vacation in which foreshadows one of them not making it to check-out at the exclusive resort. If you loved White Lotus and enjoy the character-driven stories that dive deep into rich people behaving badly, secrets, and exploring the dynamics in relationships, then check out some of these immersive reads.
It Could Be Anyone by Jaime Lynn Hendricks
Five friends head to Miami to watch their friend Fiona marry the infamous Trevor Vaughn. Trevor is not well-liked by the group as he has blackmailed each one of these friends into making sure they do whatever it takes to convince Fiona to say, “I do.” When the big day arrives, Trevor dies due to a sudden allergic reaction. Was this really an accident? If not, how do you find out who was responsible when everyone already wanted Trevor dead?
It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce
A group of friends are getting together in one of the most lavish areas of Edinburgh to celebrate one night together. While the plan is to move on from things that have occurred in the past, Sylvia finds herself dealing with a personal dilemma that could jeopardize her entire career that she’s worked so hard for at the same time as she is looking to put the past behind her once and for all. But at the stroke of midnight, not everyone is going to survive this party.
The Villa by Rachel Hawkins
Emily and Chess used to be best friends and grew up inseparable but the trials and tribulations of adulthood caused them to become distant with one another, until Chess invites Emily to Italy to reconnect and it couldn’t happen at a more perfect time. The Villa Aestas used to be known as Villa Rosato and has a dark history. In 1974, a rock star hosted a group of people at Villa Rosato and in one summer, a chain of events erupted in murder. As Emily finds herself obsessing over the history of the villa, she begins to believe there may be more to the story.
The Guilt Trip by Sandie Jones
Rachel, Jack, Paige, Noah and Will have all been friends for years and years. As the five friends travel to Portugal for Will’s destination wedding to his bride-to-be, Ali, it seems like the perfect getaway celebration. The group plans to get to know Ali better and welcome her into the group, until Rachel discovers a secret about Ali that causes tension. And as the wedding approaches, the groups’ relationships begin to unravel.
We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
Emily and Kristen thought they were going to have the time of their lives on their annual best friends’ trip in the mountains of Chile, until the very last night when Emily walks into their hotel room and finds it covered in broken glass and blood. Kristen claims to have killed a man in self-defense, but Emily is suspicious as something eerily similar happened on their trip the year before. Upon returning home, Kristen unexpectedly visits Emily, just as Emily is beginning to wonder if her best friend is actually a cold-blooded murderer.
The Vacation by T.M. Logan
Kate and her three best friends and their families are all headed to the south of France for a week-long stay in a beautiful villa. Not long after they arrive, Kate finds a text message on her husband’s phone that alludes to him having an affair. Not only is Kate shocked to the core with this reveal, but she’s completely shattered to learn that the other woman is one of her best friends. With no one to trust and confide in, Kate finds that everyone in this group is hiding something.
Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Ashley, Lauren and Natalie were friends forever, but became estranged and that is why they are headed to Tulum, Mexico to rebuild their friendship. Shortly after reuniting, it’s clear that they are all hiding something from one another. After a night out, Lauren and Natalie wake to find Ashley missing. Where did she go? Did the man she met a few days ago have anything to do with it? Even worse, could Natalie and Lauren have something to do with Ashley’s disappearance?
Two Nights in Lisbon by Chris Pavone
Ariel Pryce has joined her husband, John, on a business trip to Lisbon and has just woken up alone. John is missing and is not answering his phone, has not left a note, or any hints as to where he could be. As Alice goes to hotel security, the police, and even the American embassy, she begins to realize how little she knows about her much younger husband as she is questioned about why John is in Lisbon, why did he bring her, etc. With little to no help, Ariel has to turn to the one person who can help who just so happens to be the last person she wants to ask.
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