The Witch Elm

The Witch Elm

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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735224629
Characteristics: 509 pages ; 24 cm


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May 10, 2019

This is the first (and last) book by this author that I will read. What a bore!

May 08, 2019

I have to agree with Arapahoe Alice and the other reviewers -- Toby was an unsympathetic (and not that interesting) character, and it took way too long to get to the unsatisfying ending -- there's no redemption for anyone here. I hope this isn't the new trend for Tana French.

IndyPL_CarriG Apr 22, 2019

A departure from Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels, this novel is much more in the vein of The Girl on the Train than many that claim the honor. Toby's life seems charmed and heading exactly in the direction he wants it. His quick wit and good looks have always helped him talk his way out of any type of trouble and into great situations for himself. What happens though, when a near-deadly attack takes away his sharp mind, and leaves him with scars, a droopy eyelid, a limp and a stutter?
This is a lovely story with people who have flaws. It's also an examination of the trauma that happens in the aftermath of a brutal attack. It's also a mystery novel with an unreliable narrator who doesn't even know whether he is unreliable or not. I love French's Murder Squad novels but I was thoroughly delighted with this one too. It's long and leisurely, great for rainy spring mornings!

Apr 05, 2019

Way too long. Good story. Enjoyed it for the most part. Kept me interested, although I did skim some to help cut to the chase

Apr 01, 2019

I was thoroughly sick of Toby before the end. Couldn't believe the saintly Melissa. Love Tana French mysteries. Checking out Val McDermid and Denise Mina.

Mar 20, 2019

I read this for the "A Book With A Plant on the Cover" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I almost really liked it. I found the first part pretty slow and dreary, but the second part really picked up speed. I liked how intense the investigation was, but I did not like the resolution or the ending and I don't like Toby as a character at all.

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

While this is a mystery, it certainly isn’t the whodunit type. It’s more of a lengthy psychological examination, presented by an unreliable narrator.

Mar 04, 2019

This book shows us why some crimes go unsolved for so long. Absolutely macabre, chilling premeditation. This is off the track but not for the reasons you'd think.

Feb 28, 2019

I could not get into this book. Boring is what comes to mind.

Feb 15, 2019

I have read and enjoyed very much all her previous books. In spite of all the bad reviews by regular folks, not critics, I got it yesterday. Two hours was all I could take. Just took if back. I dont have a problem with criminals being the protagonist, I have enjoyed many, but I just hated this guy and knew I could not spend the required time in his company.

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ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

But we’re so desperate, aren’t we, to believe that bad luck only happens to people who deserve it. People genuinely can’t take it in that someone could die of cancer without bloody well smoking.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 10, 2019

"...for whichever reason, growing apart or fighting or cheating or just getting old and dying, relationships don't last forever...But I was really in love with Jo. And ... I genuinely couldn't handle that." pg. 332


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