Master Class

Freida McFadden tops our trade paperback list with The Teacher, a twisty tale of inappropriate student-educator relations. It’s the third-bestselling book in the country, received a starred PW review, and joins two other frontlist McFadden novels: The Housemaid’s Secret and Never Lie are respectively #7 and #8 on our trade paper list. Poisoned Pen began releasing new McFadden works, such as The Teacher, and previously self-published titles, including Never Lie, in 2023. The author’s popular Housemaid series, currently with Grand Central and Mobius, moves to Poisoned Pen with the June release of The Housemaid is Watching.

Bridal Path

After a string of STEM rom-coms beginning with 2021’s The Love Hypothesis, followed by an advance into YA with Check & Mate, Ali Hazelwood makes another shift with Bride, a “funny and thoughtful urban fantasy romance,” per our review. “It’s a new subgenre for Hazelwood, and she navigates it well, slowly teasing out the sweet and spicy supernatural romance.” It’s #3 on our hardcover fiction list (#5 in the country) and #5 on our trade paper list. Together, the two formats sold nearly 51K print copies, marking Hazelwood’s best debut week to date.

Charmed, I’m Sure

Kazu Kibuishi launched his middle grade graphic novel series, Amulet, in 2008, and it’s since sold more than two million print copies. The series, which follows the adventures of a girl tasked with saving a magical world, concludes with the ninth volume, Waverider. The trade paper edition is the #6 book in the country; the hardcover is #24 on our children’s fiction list.


The Women
Kristin Hannah
#1 Hardcover Fiction,
#1 overall
“Hannah’s emotionally charged page-turner
centers on a young nurse whose life is changed by the Vietnam War,” according to our review. “Fans of women’s historicals will enjoy this magnetic wartime story.”

If Only I Had Told Her
Laura Nowlin
#1 Children’s Fiction,
#2 overall
This is a companion novel to Nowlin’s 2013 debut, the YA romance If He Had Been with Me, which went from modest backlist seller to BookTok phenomenon a decade after its release. The 2019 trade paper edition has sold more than 883K print copies.