On March 1, 2015 ABC introduced us to Ben Crawford (Ryan Phillippe) and his quaint neighborhood. What started off as any other morning in small-town America certainly turned into a rabbit hole of dark twists and turns when the body of a 5-year-old boy, Tom Murphy, appears in the rainy woods. If you are looking for your next show to bingewatch, Secrets & Lies should be in your queue. Each episode takes you inside cookie-cutter homes with more drama than a Real Housewives reunion.
I personally watched this show from start to finish in a matter of two days, which concerned my boyfriend considering all of my focus was finding who the cold-blooded killer was. Finally, when I reached the last episode and everything came together I was left speechless, like jaw-dropped-tongue-on-the-floor speechless.
You know when you start an episode of Law & Order: SVU and you have convinced yourself, because you’re officially a detective after watching all the episodes, who the killer is but every 15 minutes your theory changes as details are brought to light? Well then, Secrets & Lies will have you debating a career in criminology.
When the show ended all I wanted was more! Especially from Detective Andrea Cornell, played by the talented Juliette Lewis, because her portrayal is certainly nothing short of chilling. Unfortunately, Eric Warner (Michael Ealy) will have to face her wrath in season two after the evidence appears that his wife’s fall from a 12-story building was no accident at all.
For those who have already bingewatched season one before the premiere on Sunday, September 25, check out this list of books whose pages are filled with plenty of secrets and lies.
Home by Harlan Coben (Dutton, September 20 2016)
Imagine your son is kidnapped without a trace and 10 years later details begin to rise to the surface. A gripping tail, which shows the importance of family and friends. Coben’s words take you on a journey of twists and turns similar to Ryan Phillippe’s agonizing circumstance in Secrets and Lies.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, January 2015)
With the movie’s release right around the corner, this is the ideal thriller to catch up on before season two premieres. The short of it: A woman is murdered and everyone in her circle is a suspect. This psychological thriller will have you turning the pages before you finish the last sentence of the description.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press, July 2016)
Vacationing on a cruise ship gives you time to relax and take a breath from the busy lives we live. Unfortunately for Lo Blacklock her vacation has become consumed by the disappearance of a woman who was thrown overboard. Ware will have you contemplating packing a life vest on your next Caribbean cruise.
In the Clearing (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 3) by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer, May 2016)
After the suicide of a Native American high school girl, detective Tracy Crosswhite begins to discover this small town has more secrets than a high school locker room. As she peels back the curtain to solve this cold case and deliver her promise, Tracy realizes she too is in jeopardy. Tracy’s motivation to solve this crime gives Detective Cornell a run for her money.
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (Lake Union Publishing, September 1 2016)
Another cookie-cutter, perfect American neighborhood with white picket fences and households filled with more secrets and lies will give ABC’s premiere a run for its money. How well do any of us really know our neighbors? Each chapter shifts to a different character with a completely different view and loss. The resemblances between this book and Secrets and Lies is uncanny and captivating.
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