New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
October 13, 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. 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.
4. Lethal Agent
Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.
5. Where the Crawdads Sing
A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
6.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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.
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. Red at the Bone
The long-lasting decisions young people make are explored through the history of a Brooklyn teenager's family.
12. The Nickel Boys
Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.
13. The World That We Knew
A rabbi's daughter creates a mystical Jewish creature that is sworn to protect a 12-year-old girl in World War II Europe.
14. 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.
15. 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.
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A version of this list appears in the October 13, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 28, 2019.
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