Welcome to our article on the best books to read after watching Knives Out. The film Knives Out has been a massive success, and it’s no surprise. It’s funny, clever, and full of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.

The best part is that there are so many great books out there with similar themes and narratives! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite books to read after watching Knives Out. These books are similar in style and tone to the movie, so they’re perfect if you want more of the same thing without having to watch it again (though we won’t judge if you do). So let’s get right into it!

Here are the best books to read after watching Knives Out…


The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley is a deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller that evokes the great Agatha Christie classics. Set on an island off the coast of Ireland, the book follows a group of guests who have gathered to celebrate the wedding of a rising television star and a magazine publisher. The setting is luxurious, with a designer dress, remote location, and expensive party favors, but as the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the well wishes.

As the guests start to drink and let loose, tensions begin to rise and old grudges are brought to the surface. The groomsmen start a drinking game from their school days, the bridesmaid accidentally ruins her dress, and the bride’s oldest male friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. But all of this is just the build-up to the ultimate reveal: someone turns up dead, and the question on everyone’s mind is, who didn’t wish the happy couple well, and why?

The Guest List is a perfect read for fans of the movie Knives Out, which also features a group of wealthy, seemingly well-behaved individuals who are brought together for a special occasion, only for things to take a dark turn. Like the movie, The Guest List is a whodunit that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they try to piece together the clues and figure out who the killer is. With a cast of complex and interesting characters and a setting that is both glamorous and eerie, this book is sure to be a hit with mystery lovers and fans of Agatha Christie-style novels.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths is a haunting modern Gothic mystery that will keep readers guessing until the end. Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the book tells the story of Clare Cassidy, a high school teacher who specializes in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland. When one of Clare’s colleagues is found dead, with a line from Holland’s iconic story “The Stranger” left by her body, Clare’s life collides with her favorite literature in a terrifying way.

The police suspect that the killer is someone Clare knows, leaving her unsure of whom to trust. In order to make sense of the events happening around her, Clare turns to her diary as an outlet for her suspicions and fears. But when she notices something strange, writing that isn’t hers, left on the page of an old diary, she becomes more certain than ever that “The Stranger” has come to life.

The Stranger Diaries is a perfect read for fans of the movie Knives Out, which also features a murder mystery with a cast of characters who are not who they appear to be. Like the movie, The Stranger Diaries is a whodunit that will keep readers guessing until the end. With a setting that is both eerie and intriguing, and a cast of complex and interesting characters, this book is sure to be a hit with mystery lovers and fans of modern Gothic literature.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio is a thrilling novel that is “nerdily (and winningly) in love with Shakespeare” as described by New York Times Book Review. The story follows Oliver Marks, one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles on stage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extras. But as the story unfolds, the lines between make-believe and reality become blurred, leading to a shocking crime.

The novel jumps between the past and present, as Oliver recounts the events that led to his incarceration. As the reader is taken through the events leading to the crime, they will be drawn into the intense and cutthroat world of the conservatory, where ambition and competition run high, and friendships and rivalries can be just as deadly as any sword fight on stage. The characters are complex, each with their own motives and secrets, keeping the reader guessing until the very end. The setting of the secluded conservatory, with its firelight and leather-bound books, adds an eerie and intriguing atmosphere to the story.

If We Were Villains is a perfect read for fans of the movie Knives Out, which also features a murder mystery with a cast of characters who are not who they appear to be. Like the movie, If We Were Villains is a whodunit that will keep readers guessing until the end. The Shakespearean influences add a unique and captivating aspect to the story, making it perfect for mystery lovers and those who enjoy the art of Shakespearean literature. The novel’s structure of alternating between the past and present, and the complex characters, creates an added layer of intrigue, making this novel a page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Crooked House by Agatha Christie is an exclusive authorized edition of a classic Agatha Christie thriller that revolves around a devastating family mystery. The book has been described by the Queen of Mystery herself as one of her favorites of her published works and is now a feature film from Sony Pictures starring Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, and Glenn Close.

The story is set in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion, home of the Leonides family, where everyone is living as one big happy family. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection. The investigation into the murder naturally falls on the old man’s young widow, fifty years his junior. However, the murderer has not taken into account the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.

Crooked House by Agatha Christie is a classic mystery novel that will appeal to fans of the movie Knives Out. The book features a cast of complex and intriguing characters and an eerie and intriguing setting, much like the movie. Like Knives Out, Crooked House is a whodunit that will keep readers guessing until the end. Written by one of the most successful mystery writers of all time, Agatha Christie, this novel is a true gem of the genre. The author has stated that writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and that she believes it to be one of her best works.

One by One by Ruth Ware

One by One by Ruth Ware is an instant New York Times bestseller and “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) that follows a group of employees trapped on a snow-covered mountain. The novel opens with a group of coworkers from a trendy London-based tech start-up, Snoop, getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps. At first, it doesn’t seem like a bad problem, with a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef, and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep warm, and others to keep company. But soon it becomes apparent that each of the coworkers has something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

As the story progresses, tensions start to simmer when one of the shareholders pushes a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, causing loyalties to be tested. Matters take a turn for the worse when a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world, and one of the coworkers is missing. As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further… one by one.

One by One is a perfect read for fans of the movie Knives Out, which also features a group of individuals with secrets and motives. The novel has a similar atmosphere of tension and mystery, with a group of characters trapped in an isolated location, unable to escape the secrets and lies that have brought them there. With a setting that is both eerie and intriguing, and a cast of complex and interesting characters, this book is sure to be a hit with mystery lovers and fans of suspense novels.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson is a must-read mystery series that has become a multimillion bestseller. The book tells the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you’ll never expect. The novel is set in the town of Fairview, where everyone knows the story of the murder of Andie Bell, a pretty and popular high school senior who was killed by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. Five years later, the tragedy still haunts the town.

The protagonist, Pip, can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer? Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur.

Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger. This novel is a page-turner that will keep the reader guessing until the very end, with a captivating plot, complex characters, and a tension-filled atmosphere. The author masterfully weaves together elements of mystery and suspense, making it a thrilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a must-read for fans of murder mysteries and crime novels.

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz is the third literary whodunit featuring intrepid detectives Hawthorne and Horowitz, written by the New York Times bestselling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder and The Sentence Is Death. The book has been praised by Booklist as “a jolly satire on the publishing world” and a masterful work of misdirection.

The story begins when Ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England. They don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past.

Upon arriving on Alderney, Hawthorne and Horowitz soon meet the festival’s other guests—an eccentric gathering that includes a bestselling children’s author, a French poet, a TV chef turned cookbook author, a blind psychic, and a war historian—along with a group of ornery locals embroiled in an escalating feud over a disruptive power line. The island is locked down, no one is allowed on or off, and it soon becomes horribly clear that a murderer lurks in their midst. But who?

A Line to Kill is a cleverly crafted mystery novel that takes place in a confined setting, where the reader is kept guessing until the very end. It is both a satire on the world of books and writers and an immensely enjoyable locked-room mystery. The book is full of brilliant misdirection, beautifully set-out clues, and diabolically clever denouements that will keep readers on their toes throughout the story. It’s a must-read for fans of detective fiction and crime novels.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman is a New York Times bestseller and soon-to-be major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment. It’s a perfect read for fans of the movie Knives Out, as both feature a murder mystery with a cast of characters who are not who they appear to be.

The book follows four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves, who meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes. Together, they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. In a peaceful retirement village, they come across their first live case when a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body.

As the bodies begin to pile up, the Thursday Murder Club, with the help of a female cop who is trying to solve her first big case, works to catch the killer before it’s too late. The book is praised for its witty, endearing and greatly entertaining narrative and its characters who are not to be trusted in the investigation. It’s a humorous and cleverly crafted murder mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon

Introducing Cash Blackbear, a young Ojibwe woman whose visions and determination help her to solve a brutal murder in this award-winning debut novel by Marcie R. Rendon. Set in the 1970s in the Red River Valley between North Dakota and Minnesota, Murder on the Red River offers an unflinching look at the lives of indigenous people in that time and place.

Cash Blackbear is a nineteen-year-old woman who is as tough as they come. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota and works as a truck driver for local farmers. Her visions have always been her secret weapon, and this time, they lead her to investigate the murder of an Indian man that happened on the Red Lake Reservation.

Sheriff Wheaton is her only ally, a guardian who helped her out of the broken foster care system. Together, Cash and Wheaton work to unravel the mystery behind the murder and the secrets that the small community holds. The story is a powerful and compelling read that sheds light on the lived experiences of indigenous people, the issues they face and the power of one individual to make a difference.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

“Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (Entertainment Weekly) in this page-turner mystery novel, One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. A #1 New York Times bestseller, the book follows the story of five high school students who walk into detention but only four walk out alive. Each student comes from different backgrounds and holds their own secrets, but when one of them is killed, the remaining four become suspects in the murder case.

The story takes place at Bayview High, where the five students are all in detention together. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Simon, the one who never makes it out of detention alive, had planned to reveal secrets about all four of his classmates. This makes all four of them suspects in his murder.

As the investigation unfolds, the reader is taken on a thrilling journey as they try to uncover the truth about Simon’s death. The story is a gripping and fast-paced read that keeps you guessing until the very end. One of Us Is Lying is a must-read for anyone who loves a good mystery novel filled with secrets, lies, and murder.

Everyone in my Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson

Everyone in the Cunningham family has killed someone. Some of them, the high achievers, have killed more than once. It’s not a claim made lightly, but it is the truth. Some are good, others are bad, and some are just unfortunate.

Ernest Cunningham, also known as Ern or Ernie, wishes he could have killed whoever decided that their family reunion should be at a ski resort. But things are never that simple. Ern has also killed someone, and he’s not alone in his actions within his family.

As the Cunninghams come together for their reunion, tensions rise and past deeds come to light. Secrets are revealed and a web of lies and deception is uncovered. Ern and his family members find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery that will have them questioning who they can trust and who amongst them is truly guilty.

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little

In Pretty as a Picture, Elizabeth Little creates a cinematic world of mystery and murder that draws comparisons to the hit film, Knives Out. The story follows Marissa Dahl, an up-and-coming film editor who travels to a small island off the coast of Delaware to work with the legendary director, Tony Rees. But upon her arrival, Marissa discovers that nothing is as it seems and rumors of accidents, indiscretions, and scandals run rampant.

As Marissa immerses herself in her work, she finds herself drawn into the investigation of a decades-old murder that the film is based on. She meets a group of intrepid teenagers who are determined to solve the case and soon, Marissa joins their efforts to uncover the truth. But as the investigation unfolds, Marissa realizes that the killer may still be on the loose, and that the danger is closer than she thinks.

With its intricate plot and sharp wit, Pretty as a Picture is a captivating page-turner that delves into our cultural obsession with tales of murder and mayhem. From the behind-the-scenes world of filmmaking to the thrilling investigation of a real-life crime, Elizabeth Little has crafted a novel that is both wickedly funny and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful. A must-read for fans of Knives Out and crime fiction alike.

Death at the Chateau Bremont by M.L. Longworth

Death at the Chateau Bremont by M.L. Longworth is a thrilling murder mystery set in the beautiful Provence region of France. The novel is the first in the beloved Verlaque & Bonnet Provençal Mystery series and it has been compared to the critically acclaimed movie Knives Out, both are filled with a cast of colorful characters and a web of lies and secrets that keep readers guessing until the end.

The novel follows chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque and his old flame Marine Bonnet as they team up to solve a pair of murders that occurred at the local nobleman’s château. The death of Étienne de Bremont sets the historic town of Aix-en-Provence abuzz with rumors and Verlaque suspects foul play. As he investigates, he discovers that Bremont had been a close friend of Marine Bonnet, who becomes an invaluable ally in solving the case.

The once idyllic town suddenly seems filled with people who could have benefited from Bremont’s death—including his playboy brother François, who’s heavily in debt and mixed up with some unsavory characters. But just as Verlaque and Bonnet are narrowing down their list of suspects, another death occurs. And this time, there can be no doubt—it’s murder. This novel is a lively mystery steeped in the enticing atmosphere of the south of France, seasoned with romance and the French cuisine that inspires it, making it an addictive and captivating read.

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

Arsenic and Adobo is a new culinary cozy series that combines sharp humor, delectable dishes, and a touch of murder mystery, making it the perfect read for fans of Knives Out.

Lila Macapagal, the protagonist of the story, finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when her ex-boyfriend, a notoriously nasty food critic, drops dead moments after a confrontation with her. With the police treating her as the prime suspect, Lila takes it upon herself to conduct her own investigation to clear her name.

As she delves deeper into the case, Lila discovers that the murder may be connected to the shady landlord who is looking to kick her family’s restaurant out and resell the storefront. With the help of her nosy aunties, barista best friend, and her trusty dachshund, Longanisa, Lila must race against time to solve the murder before she becomes the next victim. This debut novel is a tasty, twisted adventure that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Murder Mystery Book Club by Danielle Collins

Murder Mystery Book Club by Danielle Collins is a page-turning cozy mystery that is perfect for fans of the movie Knives Out. The novel follows Eva Stewart, the owner of a bed and breakfast in the Florida Keys, who is an avid reader of murder mystery novels. She even runs a book club that focuses on these types of novels. When a dead body is found near her bed and breakfast, Eva finds herself in the middle of a real-life murder mystery.

As she delves deeper into the case, she must navigate the complex web of suspects and motives, all while trying to keep her bed and breakfast running smoothly. With her sharp wit and her love for murder mysteries, Eva proves to be a formidable amateur detective. But as she gets closer to uncovering the truth, she finds that the killer may be closer than she thinks.

With its intricate plot, memorable characters, and its unique setting in the Florida Keys, Murder Mystery Book Club is one of the best books to read after watching Knives Out. It offers a similar mix of humor, suspense, and cleverly-plotted twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very end. This is the first book in the Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery series, perfect for cozy mystery fans.


Is Knives Out based on a book?

Knives Out is not based on any specific book. It is an original screenplay written and directed by Rian Johnson. However, it is a modern take on the classic murder mystery genre, which has a rich literary history in books such as Agatha Christie’s novels, and is often compared to them.

Where was Knives Out filmed?

Knives Out was primarily filmed in Massachusetts, specifically in the Boston area. Some specific locations include the Ames Mansion in Easton, Massachusetts, which was used as the exterior of the Thrombey family’s mansion, and the Boston Public Library, which was used for some interior scenes. The movie also filmed in the towns of Littleton, Lexington and Concord.


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