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Publisher's Summary

Named a best book of the fall by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Amazon, PopSugar, The Millions, LitHub, 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.

©2018 Tana French (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Alison
  • essex jct, VT, United States
  • 10-11-18

Wow!

Wow, Tana French couldn’t have timed this book any better. I don’t want to give anything up...but what happens when a privileged frat boy type starts to lose some of the privilege he has enjoyed?

I have hundreds of books in my audible library— I probably listen to 3-4 a week. This is in the top 5. Fabulous narration too.

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Skip this one by French

Not sure what else to say except the main character in this book is unbearable. It took every fiber of my being to finish this listen. Honestly, I have loved all of her previous books but this is a very big disappointment. I wanted the main character to die or get arrested within the first hour just to make it end. If you're looking for 20 hours of audible torture, I recommend buying this title.

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I don't usually give 1 start reviews

I've read all Tana French's books and have recommended them often. After more than five hours of this book, nothing interesting has happened. Everything so far could've easily fit into one chapter or less. I don't usually give one star reviews but the descriptive for one star was 'not for me', which is how I feel about this one. My time is worth something and this feels like a waste.

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Yawn

Such a promising premise.
But
It was pointless , meandering, and slow.
Narrator did a great job , though.

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  • Paula M
  • Wilsonville, OR, United States
  • 10-13-18

Such a disappointment

If you're a Tana French fan, save yourself, this book is a HUGE disappointment and nothing like her Murder Squad series. I spent so much time looking forward to this book and was so badly let down. Don't. Ake the same mistake.

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Long, depressing, unlikeable protagonist.

Not a good Tana French book. Pre-ordered it based on her past very good novels. Should have skipped it...

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The kind of that narrator ruins the story

I am not finished listening, so I can not review the whole book. The story, so far, is just ok. The main character is not very interesting, he is a bit of a narcissist. and since the first few hours are just him, it isn't that enjoyable.
I think what is making it less enjoyable to listen is the narrator. He is the type that likes to pack a punch with each sentence, drawing out a word even if the word is fairly inconsequential. It's a bit much.
I am pretty disappointed so far, as I love all of Tana French's previous novels, but as I said, will carry on and see what happens.
Just thought I'd give a heads up.

For comparison, I can not listen to Xe Sands, I find that her voice and delivery ruin every book. I feel similarly about Paul Nugent.

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Eagerly awaited this book coming out. But...

...it really wasn't that good. It's punishingly long. Could easily have had been a third shorter (if not cut in half).

The narrator is ok, no more and the way he voices the girlfriend makes her sound like a complete idiot, which she patently isn't, simply a pleasant human in a book with few of them.

The overall arch of the story is not one of French's best. Having recently read The Secret Place and been disappointed with that as well, I think I'm done with French for a long time. A shame as I loved her early crime novels. Perhaps she's switched editors, as her books now seem to ramble on interminably. A sense of place is good, chapters and chapters were nothing much happens, not so much.

Avoid unless you're an superfan is my suggestions.

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  • Jeanette
  • Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
  • 10-14-18

Where is this going?

I enjoyed Tana French's previous books...found them clever and fun. With this in mind, I couldn't wait for The Witch Elm. However a third of the way in and I dislike the main character, can't see where the story is going (and not in a good suspenseful way). The narrator started out with an accent I could listen to despite the directionless story; however, an hour or two in, and it comes and goes (mostly goes) for the main character and is driving me nuts. I can't finish it.

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Boring!

This review will be as boring as the book was for me. I could not get beyond 1 hour of listening before discarding it from my library. Zzzzzzzz.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful