The Witch Elm - Tana French

The Witch Elm

By Tana French

  • Release Date: 2018-10-09
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 95 Ratings


Named a best book of the fall by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, PopSugar, The Millions, and Parade

A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years." (Washington Post)

From the writer who "inspires cultic devotion in readers" (The New Yorker) and has been called "incandescent" by Stephen King, "absolutely mesmerizing" by Gillian Flynn, and "unputdownable" (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.

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.


  • Awful audiobook

    By ella.bella.cinderella
    Dull slow start too boring to even finish. Heavy English accent in extremely fast speech patterns difficult to follow.
  • Not the most thrilling thriller

    By hellyajessica
    I felt like bits and pieces of the story were amazing, and the rest was a bit boring. I had to force myself to read the last 60 pages or so. I saw the big reveal coming from chapters away and felt nothing towards the main character. Better luck next time.
  • Loved it.

    By Ms. Phoebes
    Beautifully written, amazing insight into a person’s persona. What are we truly capable of, as individuals? Descriptive, to the point of feeling as though one is a part of the story. Thank you, Ms. French. Can’t wait for your next, although this one will stay with me for quite a while.
  • Wha?!

    By PattiT333
    Great story, interesting characters. The end left me dangling from a cliff! :-(
  • Loved it

    By TexasGB16
    Great story
  • Not my favorite of hers

    By Argumentative1123
    Took for-ever to get to the actual plot. I almost stopped reading in the 4th chapter when the character development was still going on, and on, and on...
  • Thrilled

    By Junebug-gem27
    Beyond excited for this book to drop .