New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
October 18, 2020
1. The Return
A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.
2. Battle Ground: A Novel of the Dresden Files
The 17th book in the Dresden Files series. Harry must save Chicago from destruction by the Last Titan.
3. Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass
Lana Del Rey
A collection of poems by the singer and songwriter.
4. The Evening and the Morning
In a prequel to
The Pillars of the Earth,
a boatbuilder, a Norman noblewoman and a monk live in England under attack by the Welsh and the Vikings.
5. The Book of Two Ways
After surviving a plane crash, a death doula travels to Egypt to reconnect with an old flame who is an archaeologist.
6. The Coast-to-Coast Murders
James Patterson and J.D. Barker
A detective and an F.B.I. agent are baffled by a cross-country killing spree.
7. The Vanishing Half
The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.
8. Anxious People
A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.
9. Vince Flynn: Total Power
When America's power grid is shut down, Mitch Rapp goes after a cyber terrorist.
An interracial romance develops between a preacher's daughter and a Presbyterian minister's son.
11. 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.
12. A Deadly Education
While others expect a dark sorceress to cause damage, she has other plans.
13. The Midnight Library
Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.
14. The Harbinger II: The Return
Nouriel, Ana Goren and a figure known as "the prophet" return as revelations are unlocked.
15. One by One
An avalanche tests the bonds of coworkers from a London-based tech startup on a corporate retreat in the French Alps.
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A version of this list appears in the October 18, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending October 3, 2020.