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, 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
    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, 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 par...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bailey
    *screaming internally*
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Tyler Goodson
    Reading Tana French means disappearing into another life for a while. Her stories aren't meant to be slick or flashy, but deliberate, intricate studies of characters and their motivations. The Witch Elm is no different, as it follows the unraveling of Toby starting the night he surprises two burglars in his apartment. As you learn the secrets and weaknesses of Toby and his family, you begin to realize that while finding out what happened is enjoy...
  • Ann
    Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.I've heard nothing but polarized opinions about Tana French's first standalone novel, and while I agree that very little happens for most of the book, I'm still in complete awe of her. Even though I knew intellectually that there was almost no action for a good chunk of the middle, I was totally engrossed with the story and characters and her astonishing writing. SHE IS JUST SO GOOD. I loved th...
  • Crowinator
    Oooh boy, that ending. (view spoiler)[It is so full of existential despair. (hide spoiler)] I have so many mixed feelings about this one. I'm not sure I can say I "really liked it" (in terms of GR star ratings), yet at the same time, her writing is so incredibly stunning that I can't give her any less than 4 stars. (If I were to compare her only to herself, then maybe three stars on this one.) I'm impressed as always at her skill in digging so de...
  • Ellie
    I GOT A REVIEW COPY YAAAAAS!! I can't wait to enter a new world that Tana French made up. :D
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    4 stars to my first ever Tana French! Review to come!