The Wych Elm by Tana French


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What they say:


One night changes everything for Toby. He’s always led a charmed life – until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family’s ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins.

But not long after Toby’s arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden.

As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.

A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, if we no longer know who we are.

The Review: You know when a book comes recommended by Stephen King that you have to sit up and take notice, but before that I had heard of Tana French only as part of the stuff of legends, so when I saw this on Netgalley I jumped. Sadly, as I’ve realised has happened a lot, not only did I wait too long to read, THEN I waited a further two months to review!!

This is a book about Toby and his family, who have found something macabre in their house at a time that’s tough enough for them. I know this is listed as thriller but for me it was as much about reflection and family connections. I read this over a month, easing in and out seamlessly, and absolutely breathing in the beautiful descriptiveness, while appreciating the twists too. I enjoyed this very slow burner (also very long book at over 500 pages- I know, its wrong to say it but you have to be warned),  but I’m also looking forward to reading her more fast paced detective books next. Thanks so much to Penguin and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review



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