New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
January 31, 2021
1. 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.
2. The Scorpion's Tail
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The second book in the Nora Kelly series. An F.B.I. agent and an archaeologist identify a mummified corpse and its gruesome cause of death.
A Hollywood recluse's perspective changes when she invites her neighbors into her mansion after an earthquake.
4. Star Wars: Light of the Jedi
In this installment of the High Republic series, a disaster in hyperspace may cause far greater damage.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.
8. Anxious People
A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.
9. The Return
A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.
10. A Time for Mercy
The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.
11. Ready Player Two
In a sequel to
Ready Player One
, Wade Watts discovers a technological advancement and goes on a new quest.
12. Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague
An imagined exploration of how the death of an 11-year-old boy to the Black Plague in 1596 might have affected a famous playwright and his wife.
Ada, who apprentices midwifery under her mother, must decide whether to aid a band of outlaws who want to create a safe haven for outcast women.
14. Deadly Cross
The 28th book in the Alex Cross series. An investigation of a double homicide sends Alex Cross to Alabama.
15. The Guest List
A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.
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A version of this list appears in the January 31, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 16, 2021.
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