New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
October 20, 2019
1.The Water Dancer
A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.
2. The Institute
Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
4.The Dutch House
A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.
5. Bloody Genius
The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly.
6. The Testaments
In a sequel to
The Handmaid's Tale,
old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead's theocratic regime shows signs of decay.
7. Lethal Agent
Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.
8. Cilka's Journey
A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.
9. Full Throttle: Stories
A collection of short stories including two written with Stephen King:
In the Tall Grass.
10. Imaginary Friend
After disappearing for six days, a boy emerges from the woods with a voice in his head that sends him on a mission.
11. A Mrs. Miracle Christmas
A visitor helps the McCullough family beyond expectation during the holiday season.
12. The Girl Who Lived Twice
Mikael Blomkvist helps Lisbeth Salander put her past behind her in the latest installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.
13. The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.
14. Red at the Bone
The long-lasting decisions young people make are explored through the history of a Brooklyn teenager's family.
15. The Secrets We Kept
During the Cold War, members of the C.I.A.'s typing pool aid its mission to smuggle the banned book
behind the Iron Curtain.
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A version of this list appears in the October 20, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending October 5, 2019.
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