“What should I read next?” That’s the question that we, as book critics, get asked most frequently — and that we’re always happy to answer. (In fact, you might not be able to shut us up.) But before making a recommendation, it helps to know what else the reader in question has enjoyed. Here are some fail-safe pairings.
If you liked THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Paula Hawkins' novel about a drunken woman who inserts herself into a crime investigation, read...
THE LAST SEPTEMBER by Nina de Gramont
A literary whodunit set on Cape Cod, weaving a murder mystery with the emotionally intense story of a fraying marriage. (Algonquin, $25.95)
If you liked ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
By Anthony Doerr, about a blind girl and a German soldier in occupied WWII France, read...
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE by Julie Orringer
This sweeping saga concerns the fate of a small group of Hungarian Jews living in Paris. As Hitler's shadow falls over Europe, our heroes and heroines endure unimaginable hardships but never lose their humanity. (Vintage, $15.95)
If you liked THE GOLDFINCH
Donna Tartt's prize-winner about a boy whose mother is killed in a New York City museum bombing, read...
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE by Jonathan Safran Foer
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell, having lost his father in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, finds a key amongst his father's possessions and carries it through the five boroughs of New York City trying to find what it unlocks. (Mariner, $14.95)
If you liked GONE GIRL
By Gillian Flynn, about a woman who disappears and her husband, who becomes a suspect, read...
THE SILENT WIFE by A.S.A. Harrison
This quick, sharp boning knife of a novel, told in alternating he said/she said chapters, chronicles the dissolution of a marriage and how a successful female therapist becomes a killer. (Penguin, $16)
If you liked ME BEFORE YOU
By Jojo Moyes, about a young woman who becomes a caregiver for a quadriplegic man and falls in love, read...
BIG GIRL SMALL by Rachel DeWoskin
A thoroughly modern coming-of-age story with a 3-foot-9-inch heroine who faces cruelty and misfortune with humor and resilience. (Picador, $17)
If you liked THE HUSBAND’S SECRET
By Liane Moriarty, about a wife whose life is turned upside down by her husband's death and the letter he leaves behind, read...
THE WHOLE WORLD OVER by Julia Glass
The complexities of love are explored through the intertwining lives of a chef in Greenwich Village, the governor of New Mexico, a homeless young woman, and a formidable four-year-old boy. (Anchor, $16.95)
If you liked THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
By John Green, about a teenage girl with stage IV cancer and the cancer survivor she falls in love with, read...
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews
A socially awkward, brutally self-conscious and hilarious teenage filmmaker tells the story of his complicated friendships with a street-smart best friend and a classmate with leukemia. (Harry N. Abrams, $9.95)
If you liked A LITTLE LIFE
By Hanya Yanagihara, about four close college friends and the dark past one of them harbors, read...
THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN by Claire Messud
The story of three talented friends from Brown University who land in New York to make their fortunes (as an author, critic and television producer) while the cataclysm of 9/11 hovers in the no-so-distant future. (Vintage, $15.95)
If you liked THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
By Stieg Larsson, about a goth-girl hacker who joins forces with a crusading journalist, read...
GORKY PARK Martin Cruz Smith
In the first of a series that set the gold standard for the international detective novel, brilliant police investigator Arkady Renko investigates murders in Soviet-era Moscow that end up involving the KGB, the FBI and the NYPD. (Ballantine, $16)
If you liked FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
By E.L. James, about a college girl in a sadomasochistic relationship with a multimillionaire, read...
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY TRILOGY by A.N. Roquelaure
Before Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele were even a gleam in the eye of E.L. James, author Anne Rice, writing under a psuedonym, was recasting a classic fairy tale as high-class erotica about a princess's sexual initiation. (Plume, $48 box set)
If you liked GO SET A WATCHMAN
Harper Lee's rediscovered "sequel" to "To Kill a Mockingbird," read...
THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tartt
Twelve-year-old Harriet Cleve Dufresnes navigates the complex society -- white and black -- of her Mississippi hometown as she attempts to solve the murder of her brother years earlier. (Vintage, $15.95)