The bestseller charts for July are filled with dark secrets, uncovered mysteries and heart-stopping thrillers. It seems Irish readers are looking for an escape from our dreary weather by sinking their teeth into some gritty true crime, tangled, twisting tales of obsession, and even some YA Whodunnits.
While there hasn’t been huge movement in the fiction charts this month with Andrea Mara’s nightmarish No One Saw a Thing (Bantam) still topping the charts, a few new entries are spicing up your bookshelves this month.
Everyone Here is Lying by Shari Lapena Lapena (Bantam) nabs second place, and is closely followed by a new release from Atlantic Books and Colin Walsh, Kala, both of which focus on a secret that refuses to stay hidden.
Liz Nugent’s hugely successful Strange Sally Diamond (Sandycove) remains in the top ten alongside the ever-present Colleen Hoover duology, It Ends with Us and It Starts with Us (Simon and Schuster) alongside the anxiety-inducing rabbit hole dive into the dark side of the publishing industry, Yellowface from Rebecca F. Kuang.
But new arrivals, After That Night, released in June by Karin Slaughter (Harper Collins) and the nostalgic, Cork-based story, The Rachel Incident by Sentimental Garbage podcaster, Caroline O’Donoghue enter the charts with a bang, selling 2,332 and 2,200 respectively throughout July.
Fiction entries are the big overall bestsellers this month, and it seems we’re all taking creepy crime stories with us on holidays this month. This is true in the nonfiction charts too, although Dr Katriona O’Sullivan’s Poor (Sandycove) is the exception, still topping the charts with its inspirational message.
A few new fascinating entries are coming up behind O’Sullivan’s book, and while all the usual suspects are there with James Clear’s Atomic Habits (Random House Business Books) and Nathan Anthony’s Bored of Lunch (Ebury Press) taking spots in the top five, a new chart entry shows us how the Barbeinheimer craze is making its way into the literary world. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer from Atlantic Books takes the number six spot.
We all seem to be recommending A Thread of Violence: A Story of Truth, Invention, and Murder to our friends (Granta Books) and can’t get enough of the dark underbelly of Ireland’s gangs, with The Monk: The Life and Crimes of Ireland’s Most Enigmatic Gang Boss taking the seventh spot.
We’re all eager to understand ourselves and our pasts better with Home is Where the Start Is by Richard Hogan (Sandycove) and diving deep into the murky waters of the past itself with a mysterious true story of a historical mutiny in The Wager from David Grann and Simon and Schuster.
Surprisingly, the children’s charts don’t feature any Irish authors this month, instead featuring heavy hitters like David Walliams in the first and tenth spot, with Robodog (HarperCollins) and his newly released World’s Worst Monsters (HarperCollins), alongside the seventeenth installation of the Diary of Wimpy Kid series, Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney (Puffin).
YA is well represented in this charts this month, with Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and Good Girl Bad Blood (Electric Monkey) both taking their place in the top ten, showing the appetite for crime fiction is not limited to the adult fiction shelves. It’s Not Summer Without You (Penguin books), the phenomenally successful series from Jenny Han has been released on Netflix as the second season of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, which explains its reappearance on the charts.
With the bestseller charts this month as mixed as the weather we’ve been having this summer, Irish readers are spending their summer relaxing by the fire with a read, instead of by the sea – but we can guarantee, they’re reading some fabulous books!