New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
September 29, 2019
1. 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.
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
In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
4. Killer Instinct
James Patterson and Howard Roughan
The second book in the Instinct series. When an act of terror strikes New York, Dr. Reinhart and Detective Needham go after a sociopath.
5. The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.
6. 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.
7. The Titanic Secret: An Isaac Bell Adventure
Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
The 11th book in the Isaac Bell series. Dirk Pitt finds a document that brings a mystery from 1911 back to life.
8. Vendetta in Death
The 49th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas looks into the misdeeds of a wealthy businessman while a vigilante named Lady Justice uses disguises to avenge women who were wronged.
9. A Better Man
The 15th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. The search for a missing girl is imperiled by rising floodwaters across the province.
10. 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.
11. The Nickel Boys
Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.
12. This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger
Four orphans escape a Minnesota school and encounter a cross-section of different people struggling during the Great Depression.
13. The Dark Side
Painful childhood memories surface for Zoe Morgan when she has a child of her own.
14. One Good Deed
A World War II veteran on parole must find the real killer in a small town or face going back to jail.
While contending with a midlife crisis, a writer of spy thrillers creates a Don Quixote-esque character who goes on a quest to prove himself worthy of a TV star.
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A version of this list appears in the September 29, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 14, 2019.
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