The Witch Elm: A Novel (Large Print / Paperback)

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Stunning - literally. By the end of this tale of shifting truths and multi-layered secrets, I was, as the Brits say, gob smacked. Toby Hennessy has always believed that he led a charmed life, but that was before he is savagely beaten and returns to the family home to recover and care for a dying uncle. His physical and mental injuries leave him weak, confused, and vulnerable. When a skeleton is discovered in a tree in the yard, things he ignored from the past begin to unravel his world. The story is like a Greek Tragedy with hubris and a devastating ending. Tana French does not disappoint.

— Lynn Carney

October 2018 Indie Next List


“Reading Tana French means disappearing into another life for a while. Her stories aren’t meant to be slick or flashy, but deliberate, intricate studies of characters and their motivations. The Witch Elm is no different, as it follows the unraveling of Toby starting the night he surprises two burglars in his apartment. As you learn the secrets and weaknesses of Toby and his family, you begin to realize that while finding out what happened is enjoyable and surprising, finding out the how and the why is even better.”
— Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

About the Author


Tana French is the author of In the WoodsThe LikenessFaithful PlaceBroken Harbor and The Secret Place. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781984882684
ISBN-10: 1984882686
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Pages: 784
Language: English