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21 Great Books About Secrets!

Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

This Riot Recommendation listing great books about secrets is sponsored by Amazon Publishing, publishers of Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen.

Only Ever Her cover imageWhen a young bride goes missing, her loved ones are forced to question how well they knew her… and how well they know themselves. From Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, the author of When We Were Worthy, comes a riveting new novel about big family secrets laid bare in a small southern town. Read Only Ever Her.



Juicy. Scandalous. Dangerous. Heartbreaking. Friendship ending. We’re talking about secrets, of course, and all the things they can be and consequences to come once they are told. And we wanted to hear about them—well, specifically, we wanted to hear about great books about secrets! Which is why we asked you to tell us which great books about secrets you’ve loved and turned your recommendations into this juicy secret packed list. Yeah, we can’t keep a secret.

Secrets might not make friends, but they do make for some compelling reading. book lists | books about secrets | books to read | mysteries to read | thrillers to read

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Secret Place by Tana French

The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom

Atonement by Ian McEwan

My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk

Summer of Katya by Trevanian

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

V.C. Andrews

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Bluebird, Bluebird by by Attica Locke

Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Night in Question by Nic Joseph

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim