Bookstat chart: Ross' The Shrine makes a pilgrimage to the top

Bookstat chart: Ross' The Shrine makes a pilgrimage to the top

L J Ross' The Shrine, the self-published author's latest DCI Ryan title, has divined straight into the Bookstat e-book number one. The 16th book in the series sold an estimated 50,715 units to claim the top spot—with 39,987 of those believed to be pre-orders. 

Angela Marsons' Killing Mind (Bookouture) was the second highest new entry in the top 10, pushing the previous week's number one, Sally Rooney's Normal People (Faber), down to third place. Marsons' 12th Detective Kim Stone title also racked up a high proportion of pre-orders, according to Bookstat.

Crime, especially psychological thrillers, dominated the chart for the week ending 16th May, with only Normal People, Delia Owens' historical weepie Where the Crawdads Sing (Corsair) and Kristen Bailey's mum-lit Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life? (Bookouture) flying the flag for non-crime. 

Hachette has stated that Killing Mind sold 36,392 units, The Silent Patient 21,703, The Sister-in-Law 10,239, Where the Crawdads Sing 7,228 and Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life? 7,755. Killing Mind aside, these figures are once again noticeably higher than Bookstat's estimates, based on normal buying habits, indicating a rise in e-book sales across the board.