9 Books To Read To Fill The Pretty Little Liars Shaped Hole In Your Heart


You ever have those shows that just go on and on and you have a love/hate relationship with them but you keep watching anyways? Pretty Little Liars has been that for me for the past 7 years. Sometimes it would start to lose me or make me mad but then it would suck me back in somehow. I can’t deny how addicted I have been to that show — no matter what happened.

As I’m writing this it’s a couple hours before the finale of Pretty Little Liars (have no idea if I will finish it in time to post it before it airs) and I’m just SO sad it’s ending even though I think it DOES need to end. It’s the end of an era and that always makes me sad. It’s always been my favorite twisty teen mystery to watch and scream in misery over as we get one answer for every 50 new questions that pop up. I never did read the books but maybe will someday to see how the diverge but I’ve just always enjoyed having this show to keep me on my toes.

So I figured I would put together a book list for those of you who are going to have that same void needed to be filled now that Pretty Little Liars is OVER. WAH. But the good side to this is…with these books you won’t have to wait 7 years to find out the answers! So that’s a win?

I hope you will leave your own recs of books to fill the void for me in the comments!!


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas: If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know how much I rave about this mystery. I devoured it from page 1. It is twisty and suspenseful and you will be addicted in this story about a group of friends having the time of their life on Spring Break until one of the girls ends up brutally murdered in their house and the main character ends up being a suspect and being at the center of a murder trial in a different country. SUPER TWISTY LET ME TELL YOU.

Little Monsters Kara thomas

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: You are going to have to wait until the end of July for this one to come out but I think it will absolutely satisfy the void Pretty Little Liars leaves behind — the new girl in town is accepted by a group of girls very quickly until they start acting distant and leave her out of the biggest party of the year…a party in which one of her new friends doesn’t make it home from.


Burn for Burn Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian: Revenge is so much a part of PLL and the revenge plots of the characters in this novel (and its sequels) will definitely fill the void of all the twisty revenge plots from PLL.


Get Even by Gretchen McNeil: A secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers? BUT THEN (after one of their targets turns up dead)  THEY REALIZE SOMEONE HAS FOUND THEM OUT AND WANTS REVENGE ON THEM. Double revenge and shenanigans….plus there is a sequel to this one!


Final Girls Riley Sager
Final Girls by Riley Sager: More dark than Pretty Little Liars was overall but I think this book fits well to fill the void especially if you loved the more disturbing bits of PLL! Three girls, who have never met, are bonded together by being what the press refers to as the  “Final Girls” as they are all the only survivors of brutal massacres and attacks. Ten years later, one of them is found dead and the other shows up on Quincy’s, the last Final Girl, doorstep making her relive the past that she’s put behind her and question why Sam has come to find her.

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda: Like Final Girls, this one isn’t YA but I loved that one part of the story deals with the case of a missing friend that happened when they were in high school and now, ten years later, there is another missing girl. The way the story was told (in reverse) made it extra compelling and I kept trying to guess endlessly at how the two missing girls could be connected all these years later.


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus: Five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect (kind of like how during Pretty Little Liars I suspected everyone probably at least once), and everyone has something to hide. Was it someone in that room? Or someone who set them up to take the fall and the real killer is on the loose??


The Takedown by Corrie Wang: If you really enjoyed all the hacking and tech-y stuff that happened on the show, I think this one will appeal to you! The super popular main character’s reputation is on the line when somebody decides to take her down and a video of her (that isn’t really her) having sex with her English teacher (hey oh Ezra that you?) goes viral and she sets out to try to figure out how to take it down.


The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer: SECRETS. This one is about a girl who finds herself a suspect in a murder of a girl whose ex-boyfriend she’s been seeing and who she recently had gotten in an altercation with. She tries to track down who the real killer is, by finding out more about who Erin was, and clear her own name!


What books do you think should be added to my list for Pretty Little Liars fans to devour now that we are mourning the show??

PS. If you are looking for more reads for the summer, check out my ultimate beach read guide which features books from all sorts of genres!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Stephanie says:

    I never made it past season 2 or 3 of PLL. Maybe I should give it another shot. I’d add The Devil You Know by Trish Doller to your list.

    • Definitely would be the time to do it now that it’s ALL out and you can binge it! It gets frustrating at times and eye-rolly but I still always enjoyed it overall even if I was annoyed with it or thought it was ridiculous at times. Ooh yes The Devil You Know..good pick!

  2. Ooh, Final Girls sounds really good! I’m definitely going to have to look into that one. I’ve also been eyeing One Of Us Is Lying for a little while now too, I’m intrigued! I’m definitely going to have to look into some of these – thanks for the recommendations, this is a seriously great list idea! 🙂

    • YAY glad you enjoyed the list! I’m sad I haven’t heard more people talking about One of Us Is Lying..I feel like RandomHouse doesn’t always do a great job of promoting what they have upcoming!

  3. Little Monsters sounds enticing! I can’t wait till I can read it.

  4. Oh gosh, I feel the same way about PLL. Such a love/hate relationship with that show, but I just can’t stop watching. I’m still catching up on season 7 but I definitely agree it’s time for it to end.

    I love Dangerous Girls! It’s one of my favorite thrillers (and favorite books in general) and nothing else in that genre has really compared since I read it haha. But all your other picks are on my TBR list! I would also maybe add This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston…it has a similar vibe (5 boys go hunting, one ends up dead, girl tries to figure out who the killer is) but honestly it did start to drag a little near the end.

  5. Dangerous Girls again! I really need to read this book. I have only read two of the books on this list, so there are plenty left for me to read. =)

  6. With malice and 13 minutes are also great if you loved dangerous girls!

  7. I love Dangerous Girls!
    I haven’t watched Pretty Little Liars since season three or four, but I always meant to go back and catch up when the show was over. It was ridiculous, but I really enjoyed the three seasons I watched. I’d also add With Malice, which is soooooo similar to Dangerous Girls but I love it anyway(though not as much as Dangerous Girls. That one sets the bar high).

  8. I loved PLL so much and I’ll be so sad now that it’s gone forever (but binging it on Netflix seems appropriate) and I’m definitely going to be adding some of these to my TBR, now! Thank you for the list, Jamie – and I’m so excited for you to be a Mom! You’ll definitely be able to give your child a magical childhood with all the great reads you’ve read!


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