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  1. says:

    I actually didn't love a Tana French book the world is broken I just knew I jinxed it by writing that first paragraph in my review of The Secr

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    2 and 4 stars If I could give this a dual rating I would Explanation of rating I had 5 star expectations for The Witch Elm Tana French is one of my favorite authors and while I haven’t loved all of her books I really enjoyed the most recent

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    after languishing for months who knows where my review is finally up at LARB you celebrate christmas read it in line as you last minute shop if you do not enjoy it with all the free time not having to worry about mulberries

  4. says:

    The Witch Elm by Tana French is a 2018 Viking Books publication Luck Toby has never really considered his until now He’s always had an easy go of things able to talk himself out of any potential trouble or situation with

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    425 Stars rounded downThere is something about the feeling I get before reading another Tana French novel that calms me and makes me want to sit in a big old comfy chair with a cushy pillow and a lush blankie surrounding me I just k

  6. says:

    DNF at 50% I spent a long time struggling over this review I hate insulting my favorite authors They feel like my friends and I’m betraying them I ADORE Tana French In the Woods is one of my all time favorite

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    NO SPOILERS safe to readIt’s a sin to spoil a Tana French novelI’ve been reading Tana French since 2007 My memory is clearI walked into “Borders” looking around“Into the Woods” was a new release I had never heard of the author but liked what the inside flap said took a blind chance bought it came hom

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    Lucky and genial Toby meets the guys for a night out to celebrate his circumvention of a potentially career wrecking incident at work Afterwards he is nearly beaten to death by intruders and his life changes dramatically He lands at Ivy House to care for his terminally ill uncle and to recover from his own serious injuries A skull is found in the Wych Elm which takes this finely crafted novel into the events of the past

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    Toby had always thought of himself as a lucky person He came from a good family he got along with his aunts uncles and cousins and he had a good job excellent health a very nice apartment and a lovely girlfriendHowever somewhere during his 29th year he entered into his personal time of Job where he was tested on every f

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    The setting is an important part of this story an old family house outside of Dublin nicknamed Ivy House where two generations ago a whole crowd of brothers and sisters grew up and then their children came for summers weekends and holidays It’s now occupied only by the oldest unmarried uncle slowing dying of a brain tumor The real mystery begins halfway through the book when a skull is found in a tree cavity by one of the grandkids But

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Es 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 425 Stars rounded downThere is something about the feeling I get before reading another Tana French novel that calms me and makes me want to sit in a big old comfy chair with a cushy pillow and a lush blankie surrounding me I just know that I m going to be settling in for an in depth read with highly intelligent well thought out interesting characters and I immediately prepare myself I grab a nice warm cuppa and before I know it hours have gone by and I am in the thick of it Such was the case with The Witch Elm I have read every book Tana French has ever written so I knew what I was getting myself into The slower build of the storyline delving into every aspect of the characters personas and their machinations which you either love or hate I happen to love this it makes me feel like I know her characters inside and out I understand them like the back of my hand and I feel like I could live in their backyard except for the fact that they all live in Ireland and I don t LOL The Witch Elm is a standalone a blend of literary fiction a mystery not a police procedural or a detective story unlike her other novels to date This one is different and it feels uite sinister even from the very beginning I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop on edge stomach clenched The characters are uirky strange hard to trust and frankly a little slimy and that my friends is where it gets interesting Even up till the last second I was never sure what was real and what wasn t who to trust or whether or not my instincts were right or not C est la vieEverything has always gone Toby s way He s just that kind of guy You ve met him before you know that good looking guy with the fairly successful job and the sly smile who can talk his way out of anything That is exactly what Toby does until one night when his apartment gets burgled and he gets assaulted Afterwards Toby suffers from neurological deficits including memory loss loss of function in his left arm his hand and one of his legs Frustrated Toby knows that his life will never be the same Unfortunately this just isn t a good year for Toby s family shortly after his assault Toby s Uncle Hugo suffers a stroke and is unable to take care of himself The family is in bits about it so Toby goes to look after him Every weekend at the Ivy House his cousins Susanna and Leon and the rest of his family come round Everyone noshes on food chills out by the fire tells stories and reminisces Then IT happens While playing Zach one of Susanna s kids find a Skull inside The Witch Elm past the garden A human skull no joke From the moment the Detectives arrive nothing is the same Of course all hell breaks loose but then what did you expect This story plays out in a way that only Tana French can spin it Back and forth it goes like a pendulum swinging faster and faster and I for one grew desperate afraid of where the tale was going to take me There was however no reason for me to fear Tana French was at the helm and she spun this web masterfully I was all in from the first These characters like them or not grabbed my attention and held on tight I recommend this to readers who love the feel of a great book how it feels deep in the bones pun intended when the characters sink in when you hear their conversations in your head and you know every facet of their personality and you just can t shake em no matter how hard you try Tana French in case it is not obvious you are one of my go to authors I am desperately waiting for a seuel to In the Woods I need to know what Rob has been up to Also I cannot wait for another Antoinette Conway Stephen Moran novel I have mini crushes on Rob and Stephen so help a girl out would you please Thank you A huge thank you to Edelweiss Penguin Publishing Group Viking and Tana French for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest reviewPublished on Edelweiss Goodreads Twitter and Instagram on 102518

Summary The Witch Elm

The Witch Elm

Forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believedA 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 a Toby had always thought of himself as a lucky person He came from a good family he got along with his aunts uncles and cousins and he had a good job excellent health a very nice apartment and a lovely girlfriendHowever somewhere during his 29th year he entered into his personal time of Job where he was tested on every front and since part of that was a burglary of his apartment where he suffered serious injury he could no longer rely on his wits to carry him through He was forced to find his way through multiple challenges and difficult situations the hard way stumbling and bumbling along with gaps in his memory leaving him vulnerable and in many respects his own worst enemySometimes life throws some incredible curve balls at people and it is difficult to cope when they come in one s or two s let alone multiples Add to that the long range and sluggishly slow pace of recovery from head trauma and it can be a recipe for disasterWhen the family receives bad news about the health of Toby s bachelor uncle Hugo Toby and his girl friend Melissa move into his uncle s home called Ivy House One day there is a discovery made inside a large hole of the 200 year old wych elm in the garden Thus begins a coalescing of the many trials confronting TobyAlthough the title says The Witch Elm I could only find one occurrence of the word witch in the book and it had nothing to do with trees It could possibly be an Easter Egg within the novel In computer games Easter Eggs are usually a uirky or fun surprise to discover and they are sometimes so obscure that it might take a few years before finding one But I won t spoil any surprises for people who might want to make their own discoveriesThis is a long novel and I know it won t be a fabulous read for everyone partly because of the length and partly because not everyone enjoys spending a few days in the lives of people who are going through a very rough time eager to discover how they will make their way through That was definitely me though I absolutely had to know what would unfold for this familyThis novel also has moral ambiguity in many different shades of gray For people who prefer shorter reads and black and white plots and characters this one would not work at all For the most part I have discovered for myself that patience with larger novels is a plus they are the length they are for a very good reason usually and the uicker I accept that the better my reading experience Still not everyone reads the same which is perfectly fineFor those who do enjoy long novels with excellent writing a plot full of challenges for the intricately drawn characters to overcome and an abundance of food for thought this will be a wonderful read I definitely found it all of that and so much

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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 injuri I actually didn t love a Tana French book the world is broken I just knew I jinxed it by writing that first paragraph in my review of The Secret PlaceI keep trying to convince myself to bump this up a star because it s hard to believe Tana French can write anything that isn t amazing It s definitely not a bad book but The Witch Elm French s first standalone outside of her Dublin Murder Suad series just didn t contain a lot of the stuff I ve loved from this authorTo start with I feel like my love for French is centred around her awesome snarky flawed messy human detectives The crimes are whatever the detectives their voices uirks passions and personal histories are what make her books so damn addictive I shipped Rob and Cassie so hard in In the Woods and Cassie herself made the implausible plot of The Likeness actually okay I will probably never get over Frank and Rosie from Faithful Place And that s before we ve got to Kennedy Moran and the ferocious Antoinette ConwayToby He just doesn t compare He s an asshole but it s not that because sometimes assholes can be interesting I might want to rewrite that sentence later It s that he s obnoxiously clueless a self proclaimed lucky bastard wrapped in a bubble of his own privilege He s tall blond and handsome works at a PR firm has a loving girlfriend and a group of good friends and pretty much gets away with everything He s a person who thinks this about poor homeless people They could have gone to school Instead of spending their time sniffing glue and breaking the wing mirrors off cars They could have got jobs The recession s over there s no reason for anyone to be stuck in the muck unless they actually choose to be Flaws are interesting but Toby s casual misogyny judgement of others and condescension make him extremely irritating Plus French s narrators are typically smart and intuitive so Toby s head scratching was frustratingI think I can trace a lot of my issues back to Toby For example I usually enjoy the long winded nature of Tana French s books She can get away with waffling on because I genuinely enjoy learning details about the characters and listening to them have pages of dialogue about something unrelated to the plot But I was so uninterested in Toby that huge chunks of this book made me want to go to sleepIt takes so long to get to the main mystery too I get the point of the lengthy build up in order to understand Toby as a character someone who has been handed everything in life without having to face the struggles others would have and someone who cannot believe it when he meets his first misfortune but that didn t make it any enjoyable to get through It s a good hundred pages before the main story even rears its headI also can t deny that I miss the exciting investigations and police procedure the detectives usually take us throughBut I don t want this to get too negative French does a lot of excellent things in this book and she digs into something interesting with Toby how someone s luck privilege whatever you want to call it can really affect not just a person s physical circumstances but their entire outlook on life He s a conceptually fascinating individual but it was so hard to find sympathy for him It was this in the end that made me unable to care who the murderer wasBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube