The Witch Elm by Tana French

The Witch Elm by Tana French
Hardcover, 509 pages
Published October 9th, 2018 by Viking

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.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

My thoughts…

I wanted to read Tana French for a while now, I’ve heard wonderful things about her Dublin Murder Squad series. When I discovered that The Witch Elm was a standalone my decision was made to read Tana French.

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 the hollow trunk of a Wych Elm on Hugo's property, the authorities suspect Toby and his cousins. With Toby’s memory loss due to his brain injury, he can't be sure if he was responsible for the murder or not.

My apologies to everyone who enjoyed this book, but for me, I didn’t enjoy it. It took me over a week to read The Witch Elm, which is unusual for me, I tend devour those books that hold my interest. Sadly, every time I picked this up to read, I could not keep my eyes open. It was painfully slow and boring. I was optimistic that once the skull was discovered the pace would pick up, unfortunately that never happened.

The Witch Elm may be more enjoyable for other readers, but sadly, it just didn’t work for me.

Happy Reading!

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16 comments:

  1. Oh no! I have wanted to try Tana French myself. I am so sorry that this book didn't work out for you.

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    1. I am too Carole, I really wanted to like it and I was so hopefully that it would pick up once the mystery came about. Let me know what you think if you decide to read her books.

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  2. Oh no - slow and boring books aren't fun to read at all. I'm sorry this didn't pick up your interest! Hopefully your next read will be better. Are you considering reading her other books despite not liking this one?

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    1. It's too bad that it wasn't for me. Yes, I will consider reading her other books as I'm not ready to give up just yet. I've great things about Dublin Murder Squad, but it may be a while before I get to any of her other books.

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  3. That's too bad that it didn't work out for you. I'm currently reading an über-popular book and although it's good, it's not a book that I can't stop thinking about (like some of the mesmerising books I've read this year). Maybe one of her other books will be better for you.

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    1. I hope so Brooke. I'm not ready to start a series, so I may hold off on Tana French for a bit. What book are you currently reading?

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  4. oh wow one star huh? I was curios about this book because of all the hype and it is one of the GR choice award finalist. But if it was slow and boring then it is what it is! Good luck with you next read Jovita!

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    1. I usually tend to avoid purchasing books with so much hype in the beginning, unfortunately this time I gave in. I was just as surprised to see it listed as a GR Choice Award for 2018, considering the reviews ratings. Thanks Daniela, I do hope my next read wouldn't put me to sleep.. lol.

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  5. Oh no! I hope your next read is better! I haven't yet read any of this authors work. I'll make sure not to start with this one! :)

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    1. Maybe my expectations were to high based on her other books and all the hype. Erica if you do happen to read other books from this author, please let me know what you thought about it.

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  6. Sorry this book couldn't hold your attention. I agree that if it takes me a week to read a book, there's something wrong.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. There was many times I thought about picking it back up later, but I knew if I did that chances are I would have never read it. I'm glad I kept on reading, but it's not one that I will recommend to friends or family.

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  7. Bummer, I love Tana French's Dublin Squad series, but it doesn't sound like The Witch Elm matches up. I agree, one week is much too long to be stuck on a book, I hope you enjoy your next read more.

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    1. Thanks Whitney, I would still like to read the first book in the Dublin Squad series, hopefully I would enjoy it.

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