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The Weekly Top 10 Fiction Bestseller List

Rusty Young’s second book Colombiano has finally hit the shelves. Told with sensitivity, heart, and spirit, it is part fiction, part fact, blended together to tell a turbulent story of child soldiers in Colombia.

Reflecting the wide anticipation of its film counterpart, Stephen King’s It – one of the scariest books ever written – has returned to the bestseller list. It’s the story of a small town community haunted by a shapeshifter that eats children and manifests itself as a clown . . .

Michael Connolly’s The Late Show is a ripping thriller that introduces a new detective trying to prove herself in LA. This week at Number 5.

The list also features Monica McInerney’s The Trip of a Lifetime, a rich and highly entertaining story about family, love, lies and memories, and the true meaning of ‘home’, continuing the saga of her well-loved Quinlain family.

Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter is a ripping thriller that tells a morally complex story of a small town tragedy that tosses a defence attorney into the witness box – and the secret past. At Number 2 is House of Spies by Daniel Silva. A heart-stopping tale of suspense, Daniel Silva’s runaway bestseller, The Black Widow, was one of 2016’s biggest novels. Now, in House of Spies, Gabriel Allon is back and out for revenge – determined to hunt down the world’s most dangerous terrorist, a shadowy ISIS mastermind known only as Saladin.

Top of the list is the latest collaboration between James Patterson and Candice Fox Fifty Fifty, an incinerating crime thriller set in the Aussie outback, rife with suspense and plot twists.

Margaret Atwood’s prophetic novel The Handmaid’s Tale, recently turned into a HBO series, has enjoyed some well-deserved rereading over the past month, becoming a regular fiction in the Top Ten Fiction Bestseller List.

Homegrown talent Michael Robotham has just released his latest The Secrets She Keeps, a compelling psychological thriller about a desperate secret that could destroy everything that two women hold dear.


Still want more to read? You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling non-fiction list and the top 10 bestselling children’s books list on Better Reading.

  1. Fifty Fifty by James Patterson & Candice Fox (Century)
  2. House of Spies by Daniel Silva (HarperCollins)
  3. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (HarperCollins)
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Vintage)
  5. The Late Show by Michael Connolly (Allen & Unwin)
  6. The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney (Michael Joseph)
  7. Colombiano by Rusty Young (Bantam)
  8. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Hachette)
  9. It (Film Tie-In) by Stephen King (Hachette)
  10. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Pan)

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  1. Bev. Websterbunnliebev@hotmai

    So excited about the books you print.It helps me so. MucThanks again

  2. Denise Foulds

    Is there a book club associated with this sight

    1. Karen Bartlett

      Click on the link that is referred to above Denise….
      “our first ever live and interactive book club on Wednesday 27th April at 8pm!”

  3. Jessy

    Thanks for the list.

  4. Ginros

    All the light we cannot see is the best book I’ve read in ages!

  5. Tracy Bartlett

    I just wanted to know if Karen was my cousin Karen.

  6. Lissy

    Girl on the train was so overrated. I do not understand the fascination. The Dressmaker was awesome! When is the next book club? We have our own but would love to check out yours. 😃

  7. Margaret

    I found The Dressmaker started off pretty good, then ended very strange….

  8. Gary Moon

    So many great books in this list and some new ones in there for me that I will have to pick up in the coming weeks. Thank you for posting these up.
    The best book I read so far this year has been The Midnight Shrink from Edward Dreyfus (
    A fantastic psychological thriller/crime fiction from an author with years of experience as a practicing psychologist.
    He brings a lot of themes from his work into the writing and it really adds a level of authenticity that makes his novels that much more enjoyable. A must-read for fans of the genre.

    1. Gaye

      Thanks for this recommendation Gary. I love psychological thrillers, so will definitely read this one!

  9. Lynne

    Love receiving your updates. Would love to hear about more less mainstream authors/new authors. Many of the ones you mention do greet us at the entrance to the bookshop.

  10. David Ryan

    love you all to have a read of The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan a local Melbourne writer.

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