The list is out, and here are Amazon’s bestselling books for the past week.
The list has a lot of thrillers, as expected, but also Stephen King’s latest and a few surprises.
1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricksen & Sarah Pekkanen
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
“A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller” —New York Times Book Review
“Buckle up, because you won’t be able to put this one down.” —Glamour
“Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl.” —In Touch Weekly
“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault
2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale is fast becoming an uncomfortably prophetic book, and is most definitely a classic. The basis of the HULU series of the same name, which follows the book very closely right up to the last paragraph (spoken verbatim by Offred in the last minutes of the show).
One of those books you have to read.
3. The Fallen by David Baldacci
Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes–obscure bible verses, odd symbols–have the police stumped.
Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex’s sister and her family. It’s a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.
4. The Outsider by Stephen King
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
6. Sheltered by Alexa Riley
One night everything changes for Blair Rosewood.
Suddenly she’s taken from all that she knows and is being held captive by a man who is beyond obsessed with her. He’s created a paradise for her with no escape, and he won’t allow an inch of space between them.
(The book description on amazon contains the following lines. Yes).
Warning: She’s been captured by a beast who refuses to let go of what he wants. But this brooding alpha has secrets of his own, and he’ll do everything he can to protect her from them.
7. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
We all know Dr. Seuss’ clever rhymes and word games, and many people will have held a copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go at some point in their life. Billed as the perfect gift to give someone about to start a new phase in their life.
8. The 17th Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
The newest Women’s Murder Club thriller–and (of course) instant #1 New York Times bestseller. These are plotted by Patterson and written by someone else, in this case Maxine Paetro (it doesn’t mean they aren’t good, it just means they’re part of a machine).
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself.
9. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.
Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown.
10. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
So there you have it, the ten bestselling books on amazon in the past week.
It’s no surprise to see James Patterson on the list (do they even print bestseller lists without his name on them anymore?) but the big surprise to me is to see The Handmaid’s Tale in second place. Clearly the second season is kicking up sales for the book. (Are you watching it? Oh dear this season is so bleak)
I would have expected Stephen King’s latest book to go straight to number one but it was only released yesterday so maybe reaching the top ten at all is a sign of what next weeks top list will look like.
I am probably going to get to The Outsider at some point in the coming weeks, and am seeing a lot of excitement about the book on Instagram especially.
I’m least likely to read Sheltered, though that may be a bit of prejudice on my part against romance novels (which, apparently, sell like mad these days).
What about you?