10 Things To Read, Watch, and Listen To If You're Obsessed With 'You'

Lifetime’s new drama,You, is full of twists and turns that leave you on the edge of your seat each and every time. If you find yourself craving more twisty mysteries after each episode, fear not because there are plenty of books, movies, TV shows and podcasts for you to binge on while you wait for next week’s episode. Here are 10 picks to hold you over until Sunday—just maybe leave the lights on, OK?


Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes 

If you have already read the novel that You is based off of, then you might want to check out Caroline Kepnes’s follow-up, Hidden BodiesNo spoilers if you haven’t finished You yet, but the sequel picks up right where the first novel leaves off. 

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

One thing that makes You so unsettling is that based on observation, Joe and Beck seem like a solid couple. This theme is a central element of B.A. Paris’s Behind Closed Doors. Jack and Grace appear to have the perfect relationship, but upon closer inspection, it’s easy to see the cracks in the foundation. Suspenseful and scary, this novel will have you turning pages until you reach the shocking conclusion.

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

You is an intriguing take on the psychological thriller genre, as throughout the story we are privy to the “bad guy’s” inner most thoughts and motives. Araminta Hall’s novel Our Kind of Cruelty shares a similar narrative structure. Mike thought he and Verity would be together forever, so when she announces she’s getting married, Mike sets it upon himself to save her from making a mistake. Deeply unsettling, Our Kind of Cruelty is a great book for discussion in the #MeToo era.

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

While not a central element, violence against women is definitely a theme to consider when watching You. Maria Hummel’s Still Lives is an engaging novel that discusses how violence against women is perceived in modern society. Still Lives is about Kim Lord, an artist whose latest exhibit depicts famous murdered women. But on opening night, Kim is nowhere to be found, leaving Maggie Richter to get to the bottom of what happened. A hit this summer, Still Lives will leave you thinking about the big questions.

Movies and Television


A short-lived series from Freeform (back when it was still ABC Family), Twisted is about Danny (Avan Jogia), a teen who was accused of murdering his aunt when he was a child. After spending time in a juvenile detention facility, he returns to his hometown, where he attracts suspicion after another murder occurs. Much like YouTwisted delves into the mind of a criminal, and offers perspective on what makes these people tick. Twisted is available for streaming on Prime Video. 

Eye Candy

An MTV Original, Eye Candy starred Victoria Justice as Lindy, a woman who thinks her online date is a cyber-stalker. Soon, Lindy realizes that her date may be responsible for a string of murders around Manhattan, and it is up to Lindy to find out what’s up. Eye Candy shares similar plot-elements with You, and its 10 episodes make it the perfect thing to watch before You returns this Sunday. Eye Candy is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. 

True Story

New York Times reporter comes face to face with the killer, Christian Longo, that stole his identity. Michael Finkel, the journalist, then works to uncover what really happened the night Longo’s family was murdered. This drama, starring Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones, will have you thinking of how Joe is able to assume the identity of his victims, to keep suspicion away from him. True Story is available for streaming on Prime Video. 


One recurring thought you may have while watching You is, “Why is Joe doing this?” If the motives of criminals and stalkers are what interests you, then check out the show Motive. A Canadian import, each episode of Motive starts off telling you who the victim and criminal are, and it’s up to you to figure out the pressing question of why, before the episode is over. Motive is available for streaming on Prime Video. 


Dirty John 

Beck may not suspect that Joe is tracking her every move, but Peach sure does. Suspicious friends and family are a key component of the true crime podcast, Dirty JohnDebra thinks she has found her dream man, John. Unfortunately, her friends and family think something is off about John. It’s hard to explain what happens next without giving anything away, but just like You, Dirty John is filled with suspicion, intrigue and murder. The podcast is also being turned into a television series starring Connie BrittonDirty John can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. 

Up and Vanished 

Up and vanished can describe what happened to Joe’s ex-girlfriend, Candace—but it’s also the name of a hit podcast. Up and Vanished attempts to solve missing persons cold cases. The first season tackles the disappearance of teacher and the second season focuses on a woman who disappeared during a drum circle. Up and Vanished can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. 

You airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.