What Colleen Hoover Fans Should Read Next
Everyone seems to remember their first Colleen Hoover book. Maybe it was the keeps-you-up-at-night thriller, Verity. Or possibly the book that’ll have you crying at 3 a.m., It Ends With Us. Or maybe even the perfect tale of redemption and love, Reminders of Him. The point is, Hoover has written a ton of great books and has consequently opened the doors for lots of new or newish readers. Each book immediately sets you up with a time, place, and captivating characters. And before you know it, it’s been two hours and you’re halfway through a 400-page novel. Her books are easy to read, but they pack an emotional punch with their messages—she’s not afraid to tackle tough topics like domestic abuse or grief.
No matter how deep Hoover gets, each of her books has one thing in common: her characters are well-rounded. And seem like real people ready to jump off the page. And, if you ask me, that’s why the readers over on TikTok can’t get enough of her books. However, if Colleen Hoover converted you into a reader and you’ve already made it through her books, figuring out what to read next can be a bit difficult. If this sounds like you, never fear, I’ve rounded up 10 books Colleen Hoover fans are sure to love just as much as It Ends With Us.
If dark creepy thrillers like Verity are your thing, then We Are All The Same In The Dark is guaranteed to keep you up at night. When beloved it-girl of the town, Trumanell Branson, is murdered, the crime remains a complete mystery. Years later, the town’s youngest cop, Odette, decides to take on the case and gets a lot more than she bargained for. From dealing with her creepy ex to caring for a girl who mysteriously shows up out of nowhere, she’s determined to find the killer and justice for Trumanell. I loved this book because though it takes a few chapters to pick up, it’s an easy, suspense-filled read.
If a tale of self discovery and redemption, similar to It Ends With Us, is what made you fall in love with Hoover’s writing, you need to pick this one up STAT. When Eve finds the body of her husband, who died by suicide, she’s struck by pain and grief. Supported by her tight-knit Nigerian family, Eve navigates the aftermath of her husband’s death and grapples with how to move on after such a significant loss. Though it’s a story that details a lot of pain, author Onyi Nwabineli still writes in an easily digestible, somehow relatable tone that makes getting through this book a real reward. Though there’s a lot of grief, this book is also a tale of resilience.
Hoover loves a good unconventional love story and this one sure is unique. The story follows Manhattan lawyer Dannie just as her life is coming together. She’s got the dream job, dream apartment, and dream boyfriend. But when she mysteriously time travels to the future and sees herself with another man one night, she begins to question everything in her present. Especially when her best friend, Bella, introduces Dannie to the man from her dream. Over the course of five years, Dannie navigates her flailing romance, ever-strong friendships, and life’s difficulties as she strives to find out exactly why she will sleep with the man her best friend is dating.
Now, we all know what Colleen Hoover novels have in common: palpable tension between two hot main characters and a few very spicy sex scenes. If it’s the slow-burn romance and spice that you’re after, I’ve got you. When Preeti Patel gets a new roommate only to discover he’s the ex she never got over, she realizes it’s going to be very hard to keep her hands to herself. On the verge of becoming a doctor and making her ultra-traditional family proud, Preeti knows that nothing can happen between her and her former flame, Daniel. But between his amazing looks, charismatic nature, and great cooking skills, she wishes things ended a little differently… and he does sleep only like 10 feet away from her.
Thriller lovers, I’ve got another recommendation for you. Just like how Verity follows our protagonist as she navigates her unfamiliar surroundings, this book focuses on Jules as she takes on a job as an apartment sitter for one of Manhattan’s most esteemed buildings, the Bartholomew. But of course, every creepy building has its own insidious past and it soon becomes clear that Jules is living amongst some seriously weird happenings. Trusting no one except her hunky neighbor, Jules works to unravel the truth behind the disappearances of her fellow apartment sitters—before she’s next. With a surprise twist ending and an action-packed second half of the novel, I really loved this one.
Creepy and haunting, this book will have you racing to finish it as protagonist Noemí works to discover the secrets of High Place, a house in the Mexican countryside. Drawn out to the middle of nowhere by her cousin’s letter begging to be saved, Noemí soon begins to realize the house has a history of tragedy and her cousin’s husband might not be as innocent as he seems. When the family’s youngest son tries to help Noemí figure out what happened to her cousin, she’s not sure if she can trust him anymore than the others in the house. Unsure if she has an ally, the tough-as-nails main character unearths way more than she bargained for throughout this simultaneously seductive and chilling novel.
Looking for the next book that’ll have you crying your eyes out late into the night? Night Road might be it. When single mother Jude’s twins, Mia and Zach, befriend Lexi, the three become inseparable and everything is right in the world. But when the group of teens get into an accident one night, Jude points the finger to survivor Lexi. Their relationship shattered, Lexi grows up and moves on—until she returns to make things right with the mother of her childhood friends. Still heartbroken and angry, the two women have to figure out if resentment or forgiveness, or a little bit of both, is the next move in their complicated lives.
Come on, even the cover of this book is reminiscent of a Colleen Hoover novel. Reminders of Him meets a Nicholas Sparks novel when Naomi comes to her Virginia town only for her sister to abandon her with no car or home and Naomi’s 11-year-old niece. Desperate for help and needing a place to stay, she soon meets bad boy barber Knox, a rough around the edges simple guy with a basset hound as the only companion he needs. With Naomi fresh out of a very committed relationship and Knox about as emotionally available as a rock, the two soon start spending a lot of time together—especially when their sleepy little town begins to fall victim to something sinister.
If you’re a sucker for the friends-to-lovers tropes Hoover loves to include in her romance novels, you’ll definitely be head over heels for this one too. Ari loves her job as a TV meteorologist but her weak relationship with her weatherwoman boss, Torrence, who’s still not over her ex-husband, the news director, inhibits any chance of Ari getting the mentorship she needs. After trying and failing to win her boss’ attention, Ari eventually enlists the help of sports reporter Russell. Together, the two scheme to get their bosses to fall back in love and in doing so, the young journalists become rather close themselves.
Kind of the opposite of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, this novel follows radio host Prince as he documents his attempt to make a girl fall in love with him in only three dates. Caught between his dreams of becoming a DJ and taking care of his mom and little brother, he feels a little stuck. But when he meets aspiring writer Dani, the chemistry is undeniable. A skeptical college-bound dreamer herself, Dani decides to give Prince only three dates to see if he can sweep her off her feet. If Hoover’s character building and adorable leads made you admire her writing, you’ll probably feel right at home with this book.