Tell Me Your Secrets is a twisted tournament thriller with lots of twists, intrigue and a great ending.
If you’re done with this one and looking for something similar, we’ve searched the archives and saved 10 choices for you to look at as an alternative.
To make it easier for scrim readers, we have added the similarities.
Of course, we’ve also included a handy link for all the series we’ve reviewed, so you can read our thoughts on the series and see if it’s something you want to waste your time on.
Without further ado, here are 10 TV shows that should whet your appetite after watching Tell Me Your Secrets.
Similarities – Mystery
From the very beginning, it was clear that something worrisome lurked in the shadow of Sinner. The first season begins as a regular mystery thriller; a brief escalation leads to a young mother, Cora Tannetti, stabbing a man to death on the beach for no reason.
Since the crime has already been committed and shown in detail, there are two main questions animating the show: why did she kill him and what drove her to commit the crime? The question hangs over the show like a black cloud, and as investigator Harry Ambrose begins to dig deeper, a slowly opening box of clues sheds more light on the motive.
As truths and lies come to light, this methodically constructed mystery allows the plot to move toward its climax, with the why instead of the who.
Harry Ambrose is the glue that holds the seasons together as different crimes emerge. The first season is by far the strongest of the three seasons.
You can read our thoughts on Winner in our full season review here!
Convergence is a thriller with suspense
Quicksand, based on the Swedish novel Störst av allt by Malin Persson Diolito, is a surprisingly well-written and compelling series that perfectly translates the novel into one of the best dramas of the year. With two timelines separated by Maya’s flashbacks and a school shooter who anchors everything in place, Quicksand is a light show that is easy to set up and hard to put down.
Blood spatters on school desks and the floor set the tone for the series, which begins after a shooting, with 18-year-old Maya sitting in shock with the murder weapon next to her. As the police seize her and take her into custody, we learn in six episodes about the events leading up to that day with the mentally unstable friend, Maji Sebastian, and all the drama that played out between the victims in the classroom. The slow build-up around all this paves the way for a truly satisfying denouement that reveals Maya’s fate.
Read our thoughts on Quicksand in our full season review here!
I challenge you.
Agreements – secrets and complex relationships
Dare Me is an interesting cheerleader drama that takes elements from Gossip Girl and other similar melodramas and integrates them into a ten episode series whose central and dark themes are murder, rape and jealousy. To be fair, this series may be a little dark for younger audiences, but 15-year-olds and up should definitely not be interested.
Dare Me, based on the 2004 bestseller of the same name, is a story that essentially revolves around three women. Addy and Beth are best friends, inseparable teenage girls who love the intoxicating world of booze, drugs and parties. When new coach Colette arrives to shake things up, the story that follows begins to split the friendship between Beth and Addy as dark secrets surround the trio.
It may be a bit darker than the content of The Hardy Boys, but the mystery of “whodunit” in this book is quite strong, and it is also supported by good character development.
Read our thoughts on Dare Me in our full season review here!
Similarities – The Secret of Inertia
If you’re in the mood for a slow-paced thriller, look no further than Belgium’s Tabula Rasa. With an intriguing premise, solid characters and a suspenseful mystery that compels you to sit it out until the end, this detective drama is well worth your time.
This psychological thriller centers on a young woman with amnesia, named Mee, who is confined in a mental hospital. When she is visited by Detective Volkers, he claims to have last been seen with the missing Thomas Specter.
As a witness and prime suspect in the case, Mi is forced to remember what happened that night before she can even think about being released. To fight for the truth, Mi is forced to retrieve her lost memories. But the more she remembers, the more Mi begins to doubt those around her.
Atmospheric, ambitious and very well written, Tabula Rasa is a solid series worth watching.
Similarities – riddles and signs
Sharp Objects’ psychologically charged thriller is as compelling as it is technically impressive. From exquisite sound design to perfect editing, every part of Sharp Objects is finely tuned and designed to create an irresistible mystery.
The story follows journalist Camille, who is shamelessly tasked with covering a brutal murder in her hometown of Wind Gap. Haunted by a problematic past of violence and depression, Camille feels alienated by adults and gets close to the young girls targeted by the town killer.
The series is as entertaining as it is intriguing, and is definitely recommended if you are looking for an engaging, character-driven crime thriller.
Read our thoughts on sharpshooters in our full season review here!
Similarities – Victims of abuse and slow burns
Shocking, methodically constructed and really well written, Incredible is a poignant and important reminder that sexual violence has a much broader psychological impact than the vile act itself. Split into 8 episodes and shot between two time periods, Netflix’s newest detective series juggles the two stories perfectly, slowly building tension and increasing the pace to a climactic finale that brings the story to a close.
Incredible is inspired by real events and based on a rape case. In 2008, a desperate young Marie reports rape to the police. After being forced to repeat her story to several police officers over and over again, she falls into a trap when her memory problems and conflicting story lead her to file a false report, resulting in an arrest and possible jail time.
Although the series is a bit slow at times, especially in the beginning, it’s really worth sticking around to watch the dramatic end of the series. Netflix’s Procedural Font is definitely one of the best offerings on the platform.
Read our thoughts on “The Incredibles” in our full season review here!
The flower of evil
Similitudes – Elements of novel and thriller
Flower of Evil is an incredibly well written, slow burning thriller. The series not only defies expectations, but also jumps from one genre to another without ever losing sight of the basic premise.
The story itself is a combination of a procedural thriller and a cat-and-mouse thriller. Baek Hee-sung is a man with a very dark past. Hee Seong seems happy in his marriage to police detective Ji Won, and his loving daughter Eun Ha offers him a semblance of a normal life.
It takes a series of unsolved murders to suggest that Hee Song is behind this. The truth, however, is far more shocking and emotional than one might think.
I’m not going to mince words about it, but suffice it to say that it beautifully subverts expectations and offers a solid scenario that almost simultaneously made it into our top 40 television shows of 2020.
Read our musings on The Color of Evil in our full season review here!
Like “Tell Me Your Secrets,” “Absentia” is one of those series that is a bit embarrassed by the plot twists and a bit overplayed. Yet over three seasons, Absentia convinces with a truly compelling story that ends with a fitting climax.
The story revolves around FBI agent Emily Bryne, who is found alive six years after her disappearance. Emily suffers from amnesia and must try to reconstruct her past, focusing mainly on her time as a prisoner.
Telling much more would be a disservice, but there is much to love in this thriller.
You has absolutely no right to be as convincing as possible. Based on the bestseller of the same name by Caroline Kepne, “You” is a contemporary love story that took the Internet by storm when Netflix acquired the rights to the novel. It is a show that simply asks, “What would you do for love?
This theme is taken to the extreme by a chance encounter in a bookstore. When Joe’s manager crosses paths with an aspiring student named Beck, a delicious black thriller begins.
Using the Internet and social media as tools to gather intimate details, Joe’s charming and awkward love at first sight soon becomes an obsession as this manager strategically removes all obstacles.
With two seasons over and a third already on the way, you are one of those fascinating thrillers that will keep you enthralled until the end.
What would you do if a stranger told you that your entire life is a lie? Harlan Coben’s new Netflix film adaptation, The Stranger, answers that same question, and reveals that some secrets are much bigger and more dangerous than others.
The story itself revolves around Adam, a family man. During his son’s soccer game, a strange woman comes up to him and tells him that his wife Corinne has been lying about her pregnancy and miscarriage.
Adam is confused until the end, and when secrets are revealed and Corinne disappears, a search for the truth ensues, taking many twists and turns along the way. Only the truth is far more shocking and ugly than it first appears.
With Richard Armitage and Paul Kaye firing on all cylinders, the series is a bit let down by the motivations of ridiculous characters.
But if you can invest in a mystery and forgive some of these weaknesses, this thriller offers an exciting and engaging journey worth undertaking.
Read our thoughts on Stranger Things in our full season review here!
So we have ten TV series for you to watch when you’re done with Tell Me Your Secrets on Amazon Prime.
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