New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
July 12, 2020
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. Camino Winds
The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.
5. 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.
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. If It Bleeds
Four novellas: "
Mr. Harrigan's Phone," "The Life of Chuck," "Rat" and "If It Bleeds."
8. Fair Warning
The third book in the Jack McEvoy series. A reporter tracks a killer who uses genetic data to pick his victims.
9. The Last Flight
Claire Cook escapes from living with her quick-tempered husband and assumes another woman's identity.
10. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
11. Deacon King Kong
In 1969, secrets in a South Brooklyn neighborhood are uncovered when a church deacon known as Sportcoat shoots a drug dealer in public.
A child star escapes her abductors, gathers herself in western Ireland and returns to Hollywood.
13. Daddy's Girls
After a California rancher's sudden death, his three daughters discover things they did not know about their father.
14. Big Summer
Daphne Berg's former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.
15. Death in Her Hands
A woman determines to solve a mystery involving a handwritten note and a seemingly nonexistent dead body in the woods.
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A version of this list appears in the July 5, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 20, 2020.
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