The Witch Elm

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature.

"Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet." -- The New York Times

An "extraordinary" (Stephen King) and "mesmerizing" (LA Times) new standalone novel from the master of crime and suspense.

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 Elm3 star

Sorry, I have read all her books and recommended them, but this one I could not even finish, what happen! 35


Just wouldn’t end2 star

I loved Tara French’s previous books. This one just wouldn’t end and instead meander pointlessly between different characters and unconnected strands. I was relieved when I reached the end. 25


One star!1 star

Wow, it look nearly a third of the book to get to the murder plot and then no real mystery. Could predict the outcome almost immediately. If it hadn’t been for Hugo it would have been nearly impossible to get through. Not her best stuff and definitely not the best mystery book of 2018 as apple rated it!! Someone paid a handsome sum to get that title....ONE STAR! 15


Tedious1 star

Tedious 15


Tedious1 star

I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, then finally almost half way through it does. Then it takes until the last 1/8 of the book for it all to come together and ends on the most boring note possible. How do some of these books get on the best seller list? 15


Drags on...3 star

Like most of her books, this one drags on forever. 35


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

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