1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
It might come off as fluffy at first, but don’t be fooled into thinking Moriarty’s thriller is mere chick lit. The reader meets single mom Jane as she drops off little Ziggy for his first day of kindergarten. Fellow moms Madeline and Celeste seem as polished as the picture-perfect small town they live in at first glance, but Jane soon learns that everyone has secrets—domestic abuse, rape and bullying all crop up in the plot. HBO also recently adapted the novel for television, adding a star-studded cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.