The Witch Elm

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 Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a tur...

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Title:The Witch Elm
Author:Tana French
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Witch Elm
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

The Witch Elm Reviews

  • karen
    Apr 08, 2018
    after languishing for months who-knows-where, my review is finally up at LARB! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/t...#! if you celebrate christmas, read it in line as you last-minute shop. if you do not, enjoy it with all the free time not having to worry about mulberries and ...
  • Blair
    Apr 05, 2018
    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...
  • Rincey
    Nov 04, 2018
    This is the SLOWEST slow burn of a book, but holy cow did that ending really win me over. Watch me discuss this book in my November wrap up: https://youtu.be/vzYX9EeZvRs Listen to me and Katie do a spoiler-filled discussion of the book in this episode of Read or Dead: https://bookr...
  • Elyse Walters
    Oct 21, 2018
    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 t...
  • Chris
    Dec 18, 2018
    I loved the slow, ferocious burn of this novel. Tana French is not merely a spectacularly gifted stylist -- every sentence was a thing of rhythmic and phonetic beauty -- but she is an astute and precise chronicler of character. The Witch Elm is a gem. An absolute gem. ...
  • Dan Schwent
    Oct 17, 2018
    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... ...
  • Kathryn
    Nov 03, 2018
    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 di...
  • Ashley
    Apr 04, 2018
    What Tana French, one of my favorite authors, has done here with The Witch Elm (her first non-Dublin Murder Squad book) is very interesting, but I will acknowledge it probably won't be for everyone. The two starting points for inspiration on this book are Who Put Bella in the Wych E...
  • Maxwell
    Oct 16, 2018
    [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 ...
  • Tatiana
    Oct 24, 2018
    3.5 stars It 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 i...
  • Dem
    Dec 17, 2018
    My first Novel by Tana French ( yeah I know I live in a bubble) The Witch Elm is a stand alone novel and I thought this book was a good place for me to start as I know her famous Dublin Murder Squad books are a series of crime novels and while I enjoy crime novels every now and again I...
  • Theresa Alan
    Oct 12, 2018
    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 does...
  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 25, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Sep 20, 2018
    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 section...
  • Susanne Strong
    Oct 25, 2018
    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 a...
  • Emily May
    Apr 08, 2018
    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 ...
  • Julie
    Oct 23, 2018
    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 overnig...
  • Brenda
    Oct 29, 2018
    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 h...
  • Ginger
    Nov 16, 2018
    I will not be rating this. I got to 100 pages and calling it. This is my first DNF for the year!! :( My thoughts so far: Why did you write such a boring character Tana French?! I don't care for the main character of Toby and the story is boring. I know there is a mystery coming u...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Oct 09, 2018
    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 sinc...
  • Sandy
    Nov 20, 2018
    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 considere...
  • Em
    May 16, 2018
    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 eve...
  • Mackey
    Sep 23, 2018
    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 amaz...
  • Meredith
    Sep 22, 2018
    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...
  • Carrie
    Oct 09, 2018
    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. To...
  • Paromjit
    Jan 25, 2019
    Tana French writes a densely compelling and complicated character driven psychological drama that is a slow burner, set in Dublin. Toby Hennessy is a privileged young man, an only child, secure and confident, living a charmed life with the luck of the Irish, and an inherent ability to ...
  • Tammy
    Jul 06, 2018
    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...
  • Michelle
    Oct 16, 2018
    DNF - No rating - will not be included in my 2018 book challenge. Oh man, I was so excited for this one. When I saw it as an auto download I nearly screamed before hitting that button. I even gushed to my Goodreads friends to hurry up and grab a copy. Ooops. My bad. Tana Fr...
  • Hamad
    Jun 28, 2018
    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?...
  • Lori
    Oct 28, 2018
    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?...