The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Witch Elm

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 ...

Details The Witch Elm

TitleThe Witch Elm
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime, Suspense

Reviews The Witch Elm

  • Emily May
    I actually didn't love a Tana French book... the world is broken. I just knew I jinxed it by writing that first paragraph in my review of The Secret Place.I keep trying to convince myself to bump this up a star because it's hard to believe Tana French can write anything that isn't amazing. It's definitely not a bad book, but The Witch Elm - French's first standalone outside of her Dublin Murder Squad series - just didn't contain a lot of the stuf...
  • karen
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best mystery & thriller 2018! what will happen?***********************************************OH MY GOD, IT'S HERE! AND IT'S NOT AN ARC - IT'S A FINISHED COPY AND IT'S MIIIIIIINE! goodbye, rest of day. you belong to tana french now. ***********************************************UPDATE - while my plan to corner an unscrupulous intern (harlequin presents #945: cornering the unscrupulous intern) may ha...
  • Meredith
    2 and 4 stars. If I could give this a dual rating, I would! Explanation of rating: I had 5-star expectations for The Witch Elm--Tana French is one of my favorite authors and while I haven’t loved all of her books, I really enjoyed the most recent installments of the Murder Squad series. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met. There were parts of the Witch Elm that I loved, but others not so much. It’s hard to describe The Witch Elm--it...
  • Julie
    The Witch Elm by Tana French is a 2018 Viking Books publication. Luck. Toby has never really considered his, until now. He’s always had an easy go of things, able to talk himself out of any potential trouble or situation with his easy charm. But, Toby’s luck has changed overnight. First, he gets into serious trouble with his boss, then his home is broken into, and he is beaten within an inch of his life. While his parents and faithful, adorin...
  • Susanne Strong
    4.25 Stars* (rounded down)There is something about the feeling I get before reading another Tana French novel that calms me and makes me want to sit in a big old comfy chair, with a cushy pillow and a lush blankie surrounding me. I just know that I’m going to be settling in for an in-depth read with highly intelligent, well thought out, interesting characters and I immediately prepare myself. I grab a nice warm cuppa and before I know it, hours...
  • Tammy
    Lucky and genial Toby meets the guys for a night out to celebrate his circumvention of a potentially career-wrecking incident at work. Afterwards, he is nearly beaten to death by intruders and his life changes dramatically. He lands at Ivy House to care for his terminally ill uncle and to recover from his own serious injuries. A skull is found in the Wych Elm which takes this finely crafted novel into the events of the past as experienced by the ...
  • Mackey
    Love LOVE and more LOVE for The Witch Elm by the amazing Tana French!!Amicable Toby is a happy-go-lucky guy who fancies himself as one the "The Lucky Ones." He has a great job, although he did create a major mess there  - but he sorted out his mess so it's all good. He has an amazing girlfriend to whom he is faithful, except for a bit of a roving eye. And he has two terrific mates who love him, at least he thinks they do. But Toby's luck is abou...
  • Elyse Walters
    NO SPOILERS... .... safe to read....It’s a sin to spoil a Tana French novel.I’ve been reading Tana French since 2007. My memory is clear...I walked into “Borders” looking around...“Into the Woods” was a new release. I had never heard of the author - but liked what the inside flap said, took a blind chance, bought it... came home and inhaled it instantly. I became an ‘annoying’ book pusher. I was telling strangers off the street ab...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 In this rather lengthy stand alone, French again explores the sense of identity, as well as the question, How well do we really know another person? Three cousins, children of four brothers, who have all spent their summers, vacations from school at the house where their unmarried Uncle Hugh lives. Grown up now, not as close as they once were, they all come together after Toby is attacked in his apartment and left for dead. Although he makes ...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    I had only read one book before from this author and that was “The Trespasser” which I loved. This book was just an o.k. read for me, here’s why.I’m getting a bit tired of unreliable narrators, this seems to be a trend lately. Toby is about as unreliable as you can get since he has suffered a severe brain injury right at the beginning of the story. It all starts, as he states, on the night that he walked home from the pub to his house qui...
  • Lori
    Apologies to everyone who loves this book, but for me, it’s okay with some good sections thrown cropping up. A superficially likable and self-absorbed main character, Toby, encounters his first care in the world. Well, I’ll cut him some slack. His fortunate circumstances aren’t his fault nor his credit. But no, the more I know him the less that I like him.I know! He is severely injured from a brutal beating during home invasion burglary and...
  • Theresa Alan
    Wow. This is a very different novel for Tana French. Still wonderful writing and still more than one mystery to solve, but this isn’t a detective-tracking-down clues story. Instead, the first big thing doesn’t happen until about thirty pages in, and the second really big thing doesn’t happen until you’re well into the novel. This allows for serious character development not just of the protagonist, Toby, but of the supporting cast as well...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “These are doctors. I don’t know what kind of social‑ justice‑warrior shite you’ve been reading, but their job is to make people better, if they can. Which sometimes they can’t. That doesn’t mean they’re evil villains rubbing their hands and looking for ways to fuck up people’s lives.”🌟 Have you ever watched a TV series or a film and you knew fro...
  • Dan Schwent
    After suffering a brain injury during a burglary at his apartment, Toby goes to live with his terminally ill uncle Hugo. When a skull is found in a hollow tree on Hugo's property, the cops eye up Toby as a suspect. But with his brain injury, he can't be sure he's responsible or not...I've been awaiting this Tana French book since it was available for pre-order since her Dublin Murder Squad books are some of my favorite things. I almost canceled m...
  • Ashley
    This was just as well-written and impactful as all of Tana French's books, but it wasn't as personally satisfying. It was a slow-burn mindfuck from the perspective of one of the suspects in a murder rather than the detectives. I'm going to have a lot to say about it. Full review later.
  • Maxwell
    [4.5 stars]This is definitely a slow burn of a novel. But boy does it build up to a pretty explosive ending—probably more than any other Tana French novel I've read. I don't think this would be a particularly great place to start with French's work, even though it stands totally free from her Dublin Murder Squad series. However, it definitely has the same bones as those novels, but it just feels different in tone. Her characters in this as far ...
  • Sandy
    Well….I finished this a couple of days ago & needed to ponder how I felt about it. French has always been one of my favourite authors but this was a departure from her usual style. Not going to lie…..this is a door stopper of a book & right up to about page 160, I considered putting it down. Toby (at that point) was just not that compelling & he really needs to be as you spend all your time with him. Then they found the skull.Nothing like goo...
  • Kathryn
    DNF at 50% I spent a long time struggling over this review. I hate insulting my favorite authors. They feel like my friends and I’m betraying them. I ADORE Tana French. In the Woods is one of my all-time favorite mysteries. However, it pains me to say that The Witch Elm, just didn’t do it for me.The Witch Elm deviates from the Dublin Murder Squad construct. In it, Toby, a 20-something art gallery worker, is the victim of a brutal burglary in...
  • Carrie
    Again I find myself making a first attempt at an author I’ve heard so many good things about and walking away with a meh feeling. Best known for her Dublin Murder Squad series The Witch Elm by Tana French is a standalone so it seemed the perfect opportunity to try this mystery.Toby is our main character in The Witch Elm and to be honest my first problem with the book. You see, Toby and his happy go lucky attitude came off as a bit of a jerk to ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    I recommend knowing as little as possible about this book when you start it. Not even the jacket copy, if you can. While I almost always recommend this for crime novels, this one in particular is quite slow and the typical summary gives you at least one big twist from the early sections that is best enjoyed cold. However, this makes reviewing the book very hard because it does many things so exquisitely but it's hard for me to talk about them wit...
  • Cody
    The Witch Elm is a somewhat different departure from author Tana French's previous novels. Fans of hers may find the story off putting, too slowly paced, and with poor characterisation to really appreciate it. While storytellers have the freedom to take drastic turns in the way they tackle stories, it only works if their readers and fans feel the same sort of joy they felt before. The Witch Elm barely offers any of that.Toby Hennessy is one of th...
  • Brenda
    I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s well-written with fully developed characters, but the story fell flat for me.There’s only one point of view throughout. Toby is telling the story, and he is unreliable due to a traumatic brain injury he received during a break-in at his apartment. I was sympathetic to his physical damage, but wondered if he was always truthful about his memories.There’s a straight timeline. No hopping from present...
  • Tatiana
    3.5 starsIt took 10 hours (audio) of being bored out of my mind for this book to finally capture my attention. Only a devout Tana French fan would suffer through so much yawn to get to the good stuff. The pacing is just off. This is not French's best endeavor for sure. Detectives investigating cases is what she knows best.However, when French gets to the murder - she shines, as always. I loved to once again witness the slow untangling of motives,...
  • Blair
    I have mixed feelings about The Witch Elm.This is a standalone Tana French novel – the first she's written that isn't part of the Dublin Murder Squad series. It's the story of Toby, a real golden boy: wealthy, handsome, popular and charming, with a loving girlfriend, close family and cushy job, he seems to have everything going for him. That all changes one night when he surprises a pair of burglars in his living room. When he attempts to confr...
  • Em
    This is a standalone, and not part of the Dublin Murder Squad series, but don't let that deter you - Tana is still as perfect as ever. Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that this book is about male privilege, the mutability of identity, the crushingly mundane horrors of everyday life as a human in the world, PTSD, family bonds, and, uh, owls. What strikes me every time I read one of French's novels is how absolutely masterful she is at vo...
  • Marialyce
    4.25 slow burning starsMy reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress... Sometimes no matter how much you think you know others, as well as yourself, surprises happen and you find out what you thought to be true was false and what you thought was false was true. “The thing is, I suppose,” he said, “that one gets into the habit of being oneself. It takes some great upheaval to crack that shell and force us to discover wha...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    See my review on booktube: Open Letters Review!
  • Rincey
    This is the SLOWEST slow burn of a book, but holy cow did that ending really win me over.