New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
February 16, 2020
1. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while being pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
2. 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.
3. When You See Me
D.D. Warren and Flora Dane join the F.B.I. Agent Kimberly Quincy's taskforce.
James Patterson and James O. Born
The new head of an F.B.I. task force takes on a crime syndicate run by a pair of Russian nationals.
5. Dear Edward
A 12-year-old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.
6. The Silent Patient
Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.
7. Such a Fun Age
Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain's babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge.
8.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.
9. A Long Petal of the Sea
A young pregnant widow and an Army doctor take a ship to Chile to escape the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
10. The Guardians
Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.
11. Long Bright River
Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer and searching for her missing sister.
12. The Giver of Stars
In Depression-era Kentucky, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books.
13. 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.
14. Moral Compass
Shortly after Saint Ambrose Prep goes co-ed, a student is attacked and the community falls apart.
15. A Minute to Midnight
When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister's kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.
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A version of this list appears in the February 16, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 1, 2020.