The Witch Elm

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018

"Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns." -The New York Times

A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years" (Washington Post) and an excellent holiday gift.

From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

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The Witch Elm - Tana French Book Reviews (483)


Witch Elm3 star

This book was OK. Toward the end, it became verbal diarrhea in a sense because she went on and on and on and at one point, I was ready to threw in the towel. It became very boring, so I found myself reading the same paragraphs over and over because I couldn't get into it at all. The concept was good but the ending was definitely not great. 35


Long Winded3 star

I really wanted to like this book but found myself bored and unable to connect with the main characters. 35


A good read4 star

Long time readers of the Dublin Murder Squad will appreciate the emotional unraveling of the mystery and the well written introspection. Not quite as good as French’s other novels, but still definitely worth the read. 45


Boring1 star

I am 150 pages into the very slow moving story. I don't think that I will finish it. I feel as if I am slogging through a very boring stream of consciousness with no end in site. 15


So boring – doubt I’ll be able to finish it2 star

The bickering between the cousins is exhausting and painfully boring. It started out strong but now it’s just dragging on and going nowhere. I keep hoping for some progression in the story but it’s like the same scenes keep getting rehashed over and over. 25

Shakira without the Sha

Ugh - boring tale of nothingness.2 star

Thought this would be an interesting, mysterious type of novel. No suspense, what little there is doesn’t have any meaning - I only finished it because I spent so much money on it. It was a chore to finish and highly unsatisfying. And I’m a fan! 😭 25


The Witch Elm4 star

Tana French is simply one of the best at writing about “normal” people coming unmoored and what happens when they do. I finished this book a few days ago but I just can’t stop thinking about it. There are so many levels to the story! 45


The Witch Elm2 star

I say ‘‘tis about few books. I didn’t,t finish reading this book. It was moving so slowly I jut stopped reading. sorry, but it just didn’t appeal to me. 25


Awful audiobook1 star

Dull slow start too boring to even finish. Heavy English accent in extremely fast speech patterns difficult to follow. 15


Not the most thrilling thriller3 star

I felt like bits and pieces of the story were amazing, and the rest was a bit boring. I had to force myself to read the last 60 pages or so. I saw the big reveal coming from chapters away and felt nothing towards the main character. Better luck next time. 35

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