New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
July 19, 2020
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 28 Summers
A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president.
4. Sex and Vanity
A nod to
A Room With a View
in which Lucie Tang Churchill is torn between her WASPy billionaire fiancé and a privileged hunk born in Hong Kong.
5. Camino Winds
The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.
6. The Guest List
A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.
7. The Summer House
James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
Jeremiah Cook, a veteran and former N.Y.P.D. cop, investigates a mass murder near a lake in Georgia.
8. Home Before Dark
When Maggie Holt inherits the Vermont estate that was the setting of her father's horror memoir she is confronted by some of the people and relics he chronicled.
9. Mexican Gothic
In 1950s Mexico, a debutante travels to a distant mansion where family secrets of a faded mining empire have been kept hidden.
10. Friends and Strangers
J. Courtney Sullivan
Complications ensue when a New York journalist downshifts to become a mom in a small town and hires a senior at the local women's college to babysit.
11. If It Bleeds
Mr. Harrigan's Phone
The Life of Chuck
If It Bleeds
12. Fair Warning
The third book in the Jack McEvoy series. A reporter tracks a killer who uses genetic data to pick his victims.
13. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
14. Big Summer
Daphne Berg's former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.
15. Daddy's Girls
After a California rancher's sudden death, his three daughters discover things they did not know about their father.
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A version of this list appears in the July 19, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 4, 2020.
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