The Great Readalike. If You Like This…You’ll LOVE That!

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Kaite Stover, Kansas City Public Library

If you like:
The American Heiress, Daisy Goodwin

Then try:
The Golden Prince, Rebecca Dean
Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age, Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

Upstairs Downstairs
Gosford Park

Discuss this in the book group:
The Buccaneers, Edith Wharton

If you like:
The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst

Then try:
The Vanishing Moon, Joseph Coulson
The House at Riverton, Kate Morton
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

A Room with a View

Discuss this in the book group:
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

If you like:
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, Melanie Benjamin

Then try:
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
Loving Frank, Nancy Horan
Ghost Light, Joseph O’Connor

La Vie En Rose

Discuss this in the book group:
Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland

Lesa Holstine, Velma Teague Branch Library

If you like:
Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny

Then try:
One Was a Soldier, Julia Spencer-Fleming
The Cold Dish, Craig Johnson
Among the Departed, Vicki Delany

If you like:
Sizzling Sixteen, Janet Evanovich

Then try:
Lucky Stiff, Deborah Coonts
Sticky Fingers, Nancy Martin
Liar, Liar, K.J. Larsen

If you like:
Crunch Time, Diane Mott Davidson

Then try:
The Long Quiche Goodbye, Avery Aames
State of the Onion, Julie Hyzy
Devil’s Food Cake Murder, Joanne Fluke

If you like:
Sherlock Holmes/Dr.Watson pairing, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin pairing, Rex Stout

Then try:
John Ceepak/Danny Boyle pairing: Tilt-A-Whirl, Chris Grabenstein

Robin Beerbower, Salem Public Library

If you’re looking forward to:
Before I Go to Sleep, S. J. Watson

Then try:
Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane
Replay, Ken Grimwood

If you’re looking forward to:
Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante

Then try:
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
Elephants Can Remember, Agatha Christie

If you’re looking forward to:
The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, Marcus Sakey

Then try:
On Borrowed Time, David Rosenfelt

If you’re looking forward to:
The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson

Then try:
The 13th Tale, Diane Setterfield
Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier

Also try these movies:
Flight Plan
The Others
50 First Dates

You'll also love these thrillers with boffo endings:
Sister, Rosamund Lupton
13th Hour, Richard Doetsch
The Poison Tree, Erin Kelly
Into the Blue, Robert Goddard
Step to the Graveyard Easy, Bill Pronzini

Psychological novels with a literary bent:
A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick
Gentlemen and Players, Joanne Harris
Atonement, Ian McEwan
Double Bind, Chris Bohjalian

Straight thrillers:
anything by Harlen Coben
anything by Linwood Barclay (The Accident)
Love You More, Lisa Gardner
Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon
Long Gone, Alafair Burke
The Edge, Jeffery Deaver

More creepy gothic goodness:
anything by Kate Morton
Ghost Writer and The Séance, John Harwood
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Bride of Pendorric, Victoria Holt
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

Women’s fiction with a novel twist, try:
Last Letter from Your Lover, JoJo Moyes

And a few more movies:
The Adjustment Bureau
The Town
Source Code

Shayera Tangri, Porter Ranch Branch Public Library

If you like:
Contemporary Romance (Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz)

Then try:
The Sweetest Thing, Jill Shalvis
A Lot Like Love, Julie Long
Good Girls Don’t, by Victoria Dahl

If you like:
Historical Romance (Mary Balogh and Julia Quinn)

Then Try:
11 Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart, Sarah Maclean
Follow My Lead, Nate Noble
The Soldier, Grace Burrowes
If You Give A Girl a Viscount, Kieran Kramer

If you like:
Paranormal Romance (Sherrilyn Kenyon and MaryJanice Davidson)

Then try:
Second Grave on the Left, Darynda Jones
Heart of Steel, by Meljean Brook
Heartless, by Gail Garriger

Stephanie Chase, Multnomah County Library

If you like:
The Night Circus (historical/gothic)

Then try:
The Distant Hours and The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke
Drood, Dan Simmons
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine

If you like:
Shades of Milk and Honey (classic with a twist)

Then try:
Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Jenna Starborn, Sharon Shinn
The Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon
Passion Play, Beth Bernobich
Soulless and the other titles in “The Parasol Protectorate” series, Gail Carriger
Chocolat, Joanne Harris

If you like:
The Peach Keeper (chick lit... with magic)

Then try:
Previous Sarah Addison Allen titles
Before Ever After, Samantha Sotto
The Other Life, Ellen Meister
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
Practical Magic, The Red Garden, and other titles, Alice Hoffman
The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obrecht (literary fiction with a bent of myth)
The Post-Birthday World, Lionel Shriver

If you like:
The Last Werewolf (Twilight for grownups)

Then try:
The Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris
The Passage, Justin Cronin
Discovery of Witches, Deb Harkness

Also recommend urban fantasy titles for patrons who aren’t squeamish about sex:
Laurell K Hamilton
Patricia Briggs
Sherrilyn Kenyon

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