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.
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.
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