10 Books Like Heavy Rain | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Heavy Rain is an enthralling interactive drama and action-adventure game developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Entertainment. Released in 2010, the game revolves around Ethan Mars, whose son, Shaun, was taken by an infamous serial killer called the Origami Killer. Along with three other protagonists, it’s a race against time to find the killer and rescue Shaun before it’s too late.

Heavy Rain is known for its intriguing narrative filled with mystery, suspense and moral dilemmas. The game’s director, David Cage, described this game as an interactive drama rather than a traditional video game and wanted to create an immersive emotional experience by immersing the players within the story. If you’re searching for books that offer the same feel as the video game, here are ten recommendations for books like Heavy Rain:


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Let’s begin with the ultimate compelling psychological thriller, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, which is said to leave its readers breathless with its twist-filled narrative and unreliable characters.

Gone Girl follows Nick and Amy, a married couple whose lives take a dark turn when Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The story alternates between Nick’s perspective as he becomes the prime suspect in Amy’s disappearance and Amy’s diary entries that reveal a lot more about the relationship between the two.

Just like Heavy Rain, this psychological thriller examines the complexities of human behaviour, showcasing the lengths people will go to protect their secrets. So, if you’re searching for something that is just as weighty as Heavy Rain, give this book a try.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

One of the main characters in Heavy Rain is Scott Shelby, a down-and-out detective trying to get to the bottom of the disappearance of Shaun Mars. If you are searching for a story that fits a familiar vibe of Scott Shelby and Heavy Rain, then check out The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.  

The Silent Patient follows Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who is determined to uncover the truth about Alicia Bereson, an artist who is convicted of murdering her husband. Now mute and refusing to speak again, Alicia is institutionalized in a forensic facility. Can Theo find out why she did it?

Both The Silent Patient and Heavy Rain weave a story with a lot of twists, unreliable narrators, numerous suspects and hidden secrets.


Good Behavior by Blake Crouch

Looking for a book about strong moral choices that fit the themes of Heavy Rain? Then Good Behavior by Blake Crouch might be good for you. This novel follows Letty Dobesh, just released from prison, who decides to go back to her old life of burglarizing suites in luxury hotels. On one of these jobs, she overhears a man hiring a hitman to kill his wife.

Now, she’s not one for making moral choices, but she has to draw the line somewhere.  Unable to go to the police with her new findings, she decides to take it upon herself to derail this devilish deed.

Good Behavior and Heavy Rain delve into the psychology of their characters and present to readers a morally grey world where their protagonists are caught up in dangerous situations.


The Collective by Alison Gaylin

Just looking for a story about a parent dealing with the loss of a child? Alison Gaylin has you sorted with The Collective.

In this thriller, readers follow Camille Gardner, a mother whose daughter was murdered five years ago. Consumed by grief and anger, Camille becomes involved in a group called The Collective, seeking revenge on those who have escaped justice.

Both The Collective and Heavy Rain focus heavily on the lengths a parent will go to for their child, blurring the lines between right and wrong and diving into the moral ambiguity of seeking revenge. Both explore the consequences and ethical dilemmas that arise when characters take justice into their own hands.


No One Saw A Thing by Andrea Mara

It only takes a moment for a child to disappear. Ethan Mars discovered this with his son Shaun in Heavy Rain, and so did the protagonist of No One Saw A Thing by Andrea Mara.

Sive is a journalist travelling through London during heavy rush hour with her two children, Faye and Bea. When Sive gets distracted by a work email while boarding the tube, the doors close, leaving her stranded and separated from her daughters. Bea is found at the next stop, but six-year-old Faye has disappeared.   

Heavy Rain and No One Saw A Thing share elements of crime thrillers, exploring mysteries, investigations and the revealing of secrets, creating nail-biting and suspenseful experiences for readers.  


Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Heavy Rain has a good balance of characters. While Ethan is searching for his son, it also offers characters such as Scott Shelby and Norman Jayden, who are searching for the Origami Killer. If you are looking for a book that places you in the shoes of the investigating detectives, then try Shutter Island.  

Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island takes readers to a secluded mental institution, where U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient. As the layers of the mystery peel back, reality becomes distorted, leading to a mind-bending conclusion.

This book mirrors Heavy Rain‘s atmospheric tension, psychological exploration, and the unsettling sense that nothing is as it seems.


The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

In Heavy Rain, Shaun Mars is taken by a serial killer dubbed the Origami Killer. It’s a race against time for our characters to try and track down the killer and save Shaun Mars before he becomes the latest victim. But, what would have happened if the Origami Killer had died before they found him and the clock was still ticking? If you like that idea, then you should read The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker.

The novel follows Detective Sam Porter, the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, whose job becomes a lot harder when the infamous Fourth Monkey Killer is found dead. However, there are clues to suggest that there is one last victim. Using the personal diary, which was found on the killer, it’s a race against time to find the killer’s last victim.


I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

If you are searching for a book that has the missing persons and detective element but follows a stranger, then I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll could be something worth reading.

This thriller novel is about a woman named Ella during a train journey. When two girls come onto the train and are approached by two men older than them, Ella’s motherly instincts kick in, and she wants to say something to protect the girls. However, she decides against it after an encounter with one of the girls breaks her perception of them. The following day, she discovers one of the girls has gone missing. And she could have prevented it.   

I Am Watching You and Heavy Rain have different perspectives from different characters, as well as an element of mystery and investigation, with characters attempting to uncover the truth behind a tragic event.


Defending Jacob by William Landay

In Defending Jacob, William Landay presents a chilling legal thriller revolving around Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber, whose son is accused of a heinous crime. As Andy’s world unravels, he is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about his family and himself.

Defending Jacob mirrors Heavy Rain‘s examination of parental love, moral dilemmas, and the lengths we go to protect our loved ones.


Desert Places by Blake Crouch

Finally, if you’re looking for a novel that places its protagonist in impossible situations much like how Heavy Rain did with Ethan Mars, then Desert Places by Blake Crouch is right up your alley. This story follows our protagonist, Andrew Thomas, after he receives a letter from a fan. The letter tells him there is a body buried on his property and he has to find it. The nightmare isn’t over for Andrew though, as the person instructs him to complete tasks or he will go to jail for murder.

Both Desert Places and Heavy Rain share an element of suspense and mystery with the protagonists finding themselves up against deranged killers and needing to play their games in order to survive.


If you have been captivated by the intricate storytelling and  characters presented in the video game Heavy Rain, then these ten books will satisfy your craving for thought-provoking narratives, complex characters, and suspenseful plotlines.

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