The Witch Elm - Tana French

The Witch Elm

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 3.07 MB
Score: 4
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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 and author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher.

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.


  • Dry and long

    It was a dry and long book
  • The witch elm

    By cartonpie
    Loved every minute of this book. I wish it didn’t have to end.
  • Not good

    By Kath add
    What began as slow moving did not pick up, but I always finish books I start. This one was a challenge. The ending, while not horrifying, was more like a mildly depressing way to mop up a spill.
  • The Witch Elm

    By TrixSmile
    This is by far the most disturbing and depressing book I have ever read. Very well written so I kept thinking it was going to get better. Alas, it did not. I would not recommend anyone spend time in this dark place.
  • Quite Dreadful

    By Helen Queen of Troy
    Really a terrible book. Wanted to like it, was looking for a literary thriller, a la Kate Atkinson, Ian McEwan, etc. I didn’t do enough research on reviews and stopped after reading a couple recommendations (notable book of the year, etc.). Having read the iBooks sample I decided to purchase, hoping that the narrator’s grinding verbosity and self-preoccupied rumination about his protracted, incipient panic attack would eventually prove germane to some later development. It finally became clear it was going absolutely nowhere and I bailed after reading 200 pages. I know every author can write a major clinker and I’m hoping French’s other books may be worth a look, but this proved tedious and non-revelatory — I couldn’t find even the redeeming value of well crafted sentences to justify continued reading or to maintain credibility for the scenarios French was trying to convey.
  • Least favorite book of hers

    By A-mommy
    I’m such a huge fan of all of her previous novels. This one took so long to get into, and once in, I thought it was predictable. Unfortunately I really didn’t enjoy the ending. I’m hoping her next one will be better.
  • The Witch Elm

    By Readingbythesea
    Sorry, I have read all her books and recommended them, but this one I could not even finish, what happen!
  • Just wouldn’t end

    By Andiyps01
    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.
  • One star!

    By krispyk123
    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!
  • Tedious

    By PracticalGrammar