Are these books the next Big Little Lies?

Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley in HBO's ‘Big Little Lies’

If anyone can find the small screen’s next big hit, it’s REESE WITHERSPOON. These are the titles on her bedside table right now…


Reese Witherspoon’s love of a good book has made her one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. Her book-to-screen adaptations of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies have been staggeringly successful (the latter won eight Emmy awards in 2018).

Via her production company, Hello Sunshine, Witherspoon is on a mission to create opportunities to tell women’s stories, navigating the entertainment industry on her own terms and proving to Hollywood’s testosterone-heavy panel of decision makers that audiences are hungry for a different point of view.

If you liked Big Little Lies, you will love Liane Moriarty’s new book Truly Madly Guilty… it keeps you guessing until the very end
Reese Witherspoon

So, which reads are currently on her radar? The list that follows are all books endorsed by Witherspoon’s book club #RWBookClub – ones she has optioned for film or TV adaptations or that are already in production. We’ll let her snappy Instagram reviews convince you of their worthiness before they hit the big screen…

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.”
The Dry by Jane Harper
“An unpredictable page-turner about a man from a small Australian town who goes home to help investigate a local crime. You won’t want to put it down.”
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
“If you liked #TheHusbandsSecret or #BigLittleLies, you will ❤ #LianeMoriarty’s new book #TrulyMadlyGuilty! It’s filled with so many twists and turns... it keeps you guessing until the very end!”
Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
“Have you read ‘Ashley’s War’? I couldn't put it down. It’s about an amazingly brave group of women who served in a Special Ops unit during the war in Afghanistan. Their strength and courage are an inspiration.”
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
“What would you do to protect your children? What lengths would you go to? This book explores those questions and more ... A dark and twisting psychological thriller that had me guessing until the very end. Fair warning that this book has some difficult / violent scenes.”
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
“Prepare to be scared... Really scared! When I read this page-turning book about a bachelorette party gone wrong, I almost bit all my fingernails off!”
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
“I could not put down this thriller by @kimberlymccreight about a teenage girl who sets off on a mission to save her best friend, uncovering secrets and betrayal as she slowly realizes something more sinister is at work.”
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
“The most non-stop, nail-biting crazy train of a book with one of the most intriguing characters I have read in a long time!”
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
“Beautifully written and INCREDIBLY funny, #EleanorOliphant by #GailHoneyman is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in LOVE with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love too!”

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