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 elm tre...

Details The Witch Elm

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

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
    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 have failed, the universe has provided, and i am going to be reviewing this for l.a. review of books - ARC is en route. A MOST FRABJOUS DAY, IN...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    See my review on booktube: Open Letters Review!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Emily
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review can also be found on my blog!Thanks to Viking for a copy in exchange for an honest review! Publishing October 9th!CW: bullying, attempted sexual assault, homophobia, burglary, graphic beating, and cancerI’m really conflicted about this book. Really, really conflicted. Because, on one hand, it wasn’t at all what I expected and was something new from French, who is an author I love from her Dublin Murder Squad series, yet it also wa...
  • Darinda
    After returning home from a night out, Toby is attacked when he surprises two burglars in his place. He is severely beaten, and has a long road to recovery. During his recovery stage, he moves to his family’s ancestral home where his uncle resides. One day, when the whole family is gathered there for one of their routine family get-togethers, a skull is discovered in the trunk of an elm tree. As detectives investigate, Toby realizes his past ma...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    Disappointing for Tana French but with enough twist at the end to make worth reading an otherwise very obvious plot. With The Likeness, Tana French cemented a place in my top three favourite authors, along with Sharon Bolton and Elizabeth Haynes. But her subsequent offerings have betrayed a steadily coarsening and shrinking imagination. Frank Mackey in Faithful Place is a subtle creation, but his blood relations mostly a collection of lower-class...
  • mikhaela
    it's not a dublin murder squad installation but sign me the fuck up for anything by tana french please and thank you
  • Melissa
    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Thanks Netgalley! You've been so kind to me this year.Can the marvelous Tana French write a compelling book even if it does not involve the Dublin murder squad? The answer, at least for this reader, is no, not really. There is nothing exactly wrong with the story of Toby, who, in the aftermath of a devastating assault, moves into the evocative Ivy House where he summered as a chil...
  • Bailey
    *screaming internally*
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    As an avid thriller reader, it's a shock that this is my very first Tana French! I've heard great things about her as a thriller writer - I've also heard that her writing style might not be for everyone. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's definitely for me! Obviously I can't compare this to her other works but I'm actually glad that this is the case.Have you ever met that person who always seems to have things work out for them? No matter what ...
  • Catie
    3 1/2 starsTana French is still an absolute genius – this one just wasn’t my favorite. The writing is incredible – immersive, detailed, and rich. Characters are built flawlessly through dialogue, action, and appearance, so much so that they may as well be alive. Even the plot, while occasionally slow, is pretty compelling. I think, in the end, I can chalk this up to a major case of: it’s not you; it’s me.Toby is a “lucky” man – ta...
  • Julia Buckley
    Viking sent me an advanced review copy of THE WITCH ELM; I had never read Tana French before.I stayed up until 3 in the morning finishing this book; it defines suspense and good writing. I will definitely read more books by Tana French.
  • Obsidian
    Well first things first, don't go into this expecting the Dublin Murder Squad. This is a standalone by Tana French. We do get detectives in this one, but one wonders if the next book will follow the squad again and if this story will be discussed on the periphery. This not being a Dublin Murder squad book is not why I gave this three stars though. The story told her is disjointed (purposely due to Toby's injuries) but if it was just that it may h...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    "It's taken me this long to start thinking about what luck can be, how smoothly and deliciously deceptive, how relentlessly twisted and knotted in on its own hidden places, and how lethal." *Toby has had luck all his life.  Not to say its been perfect, but the standard misfortunes of an ordinary life have always seemed to skip over him entirely.It isn't until he uncovers that a co-worker at the art gallery he's employed with in PR has lied about...