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The Witch Elm
The Witch Elm: A Novel | Tana French
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.
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Cathythoughts
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I started this one today .... so far , really good 👍🏻♥️

TrishB Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 23h
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks!! It‘s my 5th Tana .... I‘ve never been disappointed & this one is a stand alone ( not part of the Dublin Murder Squad series .... ♥️ 23h
TrishB I‘ve read three (to make sure!) but not a big fan! Though I know they‘re well loved ❤️ 23h
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Cathythoughts @TrishB she can go on a bit sometimes! But I love her anyway ♥️ 23h
squirrelbrain Yay! Hopefully better than the last one! 23h
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain thanks! I love Tana ... 🤞🏻♥️ 23h
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️Hope you‘ll enjoy! My treasured copy is waiting for me, thanks 😘). I still need to read books 5 & 6, although this is a stand-alone (I‘m weird like that!) 22h
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I need to read 5 & 6 too. .... really enjoying this one now , she is so good ♥️ 22h
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Hufflepuffle
The Wych Elm | Tana French
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Sunday evening calls for an early night and a new book 🖤

Alora Love your bookmark! 🖤 15h
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Eggs
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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I‘ve read several of French‘s books, but not the #witch elm

#witch
#spooktober

ferskner It's so good! 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻♥️ 2w
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LiteraryinLititz
The Wych Elm | Tana French
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I‘m in the mood for a great thriller as my next read! I‘ve narrowed it down to the 4 pictured here. Any suggestions? I think I‘m leaning to one of the Tana French ones?

BekaReid Tou can't go wrong with Tana French. I loved The Wych Elm, and her Dublin Murder Squad books are great too! 2w
Ericalambbrown Damn! I haven‘t read any of these! 2w
Prairiegirl_reading I quite liked Bluebird Bluebird and the second in the series just came out so if you like there is more. 2w
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DHill Love French‘s Dublin Murder Squad books v 2w
Laughterhp Tana French! I really like the Dublin Murder Squad books! 2w
Melismatic I love Tana French! I‘ve read The Tresspasser - it was so good. 2w
JamieArc Bluebird, Bluebird is good, though I wouldn‘t quite call it a thriller, of that what you‘re looking for. 2w
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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

Read this for my book club! Some of the best dialogue which kept this book moving quickly despite its length. How well do we know ourselves and are our circumstances luck or do we bring things on ourselves. What part to we play in our own trajectory? This book is fun like a mystery/thriller but leaves a lot to ponder when the murder and mystery are solved!

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Pickpick

Took a bit of a reading break or slowdown, but just finished this and loved it! French is a #favoriteauthor of mine, and this standalone was so different than her others. Just wonderfully rich, excellent dialogue, perfect narrator for the audio, and has an ending I never saw coming. #bbrc #growup

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁❤️ 4w
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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Pickpick

This was my first Tana French and I loved it. After frying my brain with some heavy-duty non fiction, I was pretty much just looking for an engaging plot, but it delivered on so much more as well! It's a slow burn with more focus on character development than action, and deals with themes of memory, identity, and white male privilege...all while maintaining the suspense. Can see that wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I was hooked.

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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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It's been a whole week and three books since I've read any fiction. Time to snuggle up and return to my reading comfort zone of pure escapism 💛

ruskigurl16 I love her stuff! ❤️📚 1mo
LauraAndTaraAndBooks @ruskigurl16 this is the first of hers I've read, and I'm loving it even more than I expected. Will definitely be checking out her others, in spite of my silently protesting TBR mountain 😂 1mo
ruskigurl16 @LauraAndTaraAndBooks my mountain is as big as yours, but I can‘t resist her. 1mo
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LaLove
Mehso-so

Very slow. Different from her other books.

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NatalieR
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Pickpick

I initially thought that this was going to be my least favorite Tana French book, but as I kept reading I changed my mind. I really love how the author is devoted to developing the characters. This is definitely a long, slow story and I didn‘t want to leave Toby. I fell in love with Hugo and Ivy House. I could forever stay in that house. Tana French did not disappoint me. #MountTBR

EllieDottie I just finished this and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would as well!! (edited) 2mo
NatalieR @EllieDottie 👍👍 2mo
Ruthiella I found it slow but rewarding also! 😀 2mo
NatalieR @Ruthiella I‘m glad you enjoyed it too. 😊 2mo
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Velvetsun
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Currently reading this amazing book. Not sure why so many people disliked it so much. I love a good slow burn.
PS - Happy International Dog Day to my fur babies, Archer and Sable. 💙

ladym30 They are adorable!❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 So cute!! 🐶❤️ 2mo
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rebbyj
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Pickpick

always a good read

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erzascarletbookgasm
The Wych Elm | Tana French
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Peeps, I have to show you this, my copy of the tagged book is signed! 🤩😍
@Cathythoughts I just saw this! I am thrilled! One of my auto-buy authors! 😍Thank you, Cathy! ❤️

Cathythoughts My pleasure 😘 2mo
eanderson 😱😱😱 This is so awesome! 2mo
batsy How fabulous! 2mo
LeahBergen Ooooh! 😍😍 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Dear Cathy, thank you so much for this wonderful gift! I look forward to reading these two books. I feel lucky and blessed to have a generous friend like you. ❤️😘😍🥰
#bookmail

Cathythoughts Jessie, Your so welcome!! I‘m delighted they finally got there , I was getting very worried! Enjoy my lovely friend X Cathy 2mo
batsy Lovely ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I‘m sorry you got worried over it. I suspect the parcel has been sitting in the office for a little while, as they normally do not take this long..they only gave it to me when I was there to collect a document! 😠 Anyway I‘m happy I got them now. And you know how much I love Tana French! ❤️Thank you! 😊 (edited) 2mo
Cathythoughts I know you love Tana 👍🏻.. & I hope you like Big Sky as much as I did 😘 2mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 2mo
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Serenity_Within86
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Reading time

brit91 💖📚💖📚💖📚 2mo
Serenity_Within86 @brit91 😁😁📚📚🤗🤗🤓🤓 2mo
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Serenity_Within86
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Finally found a book club alcohol free at the library. And thriller to top off too 😁😁😁😁

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ATB
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Last nights reading.

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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

This was a slow burn of mystery. The story starts quickly and the ending is strong, but the middle lags at times. French is amazing at crafting a strong cast of characters and a story line that pulls you further in with every page. Overall a really good read.

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Slajaunie
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Bailedbailed

I was 6 hours in and I just could not do it anymore.

Ruthiella French‘s novels are slow burns. I like ‘em but I can see how others wouldn‘t.😀 3mo
Slajaunie I‘ve read others but this one did not appeal. @Ruthiella 3mo
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REPollock
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Pickpick

Not a five-star read, but I didn‘t hate it like a significant number of readers have. I like a story told by an unreliable narrator, and this narrator is pretty much a douchebag but I am also down for a tale told by a dick. I would call this a literary psychological thriller. It strains credulity in the last 5% but it doesn‘t drop the ball.

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REPollock
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I‘m halfway through, and I‘m really loving this! I know it wasn‘t all that well received but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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REPollock
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Next ebook. This got such mixed reviews, but I have always enjoyed French‘s writing. Even the books of hers that disappointed me, I enjoyed the experience of reading them. High hopes!

Also, happy 4th, America!

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Courtneyjo_reads
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I can‘t wait to read this one!!
Anyone on here use #bookstagram? I‘d love to make new friends and see new recommendations for books! My handle on Instagram is courtneyjo_reads 📖💖

Scorpioseah I have got this book from my local library recently. We do have almost same taste on books. 4mo
Courtneyjo_reads @Scorpioseah that‘s awesome, I love that!! Have any good recommendations for me? 😌😌 4mo
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Ncostell
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Mehso-so

While I‘ve really enjoyed Tana French‘s Dublin Murder Squad series, I did not find the same satisfaction from this stand alone book. It felt like there was a very long buildup until the central mystery was introduced which made me a bit impatient. There were a lot of dull stretches punctuated by interesting discoveries. At least I still have some Dublin Murder Squad books that I have yet to read.

Aswenson Agree! This took far too long to get to the point. Bits and pieces were interesting, but many parts dragged. 4mo
BeckyMerilatt I thought it was a bit long, but the psychology and (main) character development had me totally sucked in. 4mo
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Ruthiella
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Third time is the charm! After checking this title out twice before and returning it unread I‘m finally actually reading it!!! 90 pages in. It‘s slow but I‘m enjoying the writing so far.

thebluestocking Thank you for the love today!! 💙💙 I hope you make it through this time! 4mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking You‘re welcome! 🤗I‘m gonna read it for sure this time! It already has its hooks in me. 4mo
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BookaholicNatty
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Book #9 in the Modern Mrs Darcy Must Read mystery list. Toby is attacked by two burglars and left for dead. He heads to his uncles cabin to recover and rest. All is well until he discovers a skull in the garden leaving Tony questioning everything he knew about his family and himself. This novel of Tana French‘s is one of her only stand alones.

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purebugbeauty72
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Hoping for rain today so I can make in dent in this one. One week until book club.

purebugbeauty72 Update: It was meh. I wasn't invested in any of the characters and didn't really care who did it or why. I would have ditched it but it's for book club. 4mo
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Oliveldn
The Wych Elm | Tana French
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Mac the Cat decided to help choose my next read. After much consultation we‘ve gone for The Wych Elm! #tanafrench

kimba7 Beautiful kitty :) 5mo
Oliveldn She is my little cutie ☺️ 5mo
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Christyco125
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Pickpick

Not a lot of real action but heaps of internal action. I was about 4 hours in when I realized there wasn‘t a whole much going on but I was still interested. Narrator was excellent as well.

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booklover3258
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Panpan

Based off the cover, I thought it was going to be a supernatural/horror book. Nope not at all. In a nutshell, a skeleton is found in a tree and the cousins and uncle who were in the house at the time are suspects So much irrelevant detail I didn't need to know. This book really could have been cut in half. Was I surprised at who the killer was? Nope. I was more surprised who set up the burglary/beat up of Toby and the Rafferty/Toby last talk.

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krismlars
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Having a celebratory tea in the family lounge of the hospital...my dad has finally been approved for a room at the nursing home! Hoping he can get transferred today. Of course, there‘s nothing happy about the situation, but I‘m incredibly relieved. Thanks for all the love and support from Litsy! And I‘m loving this book, despite hating the main character.

MaGoose Hope things work out for you regarding your dad. 5mo
tpixie Hard to have a parent move to nursing home, but so thankful, that when it's necessary, that it's approved!! Best wishes. ♥️📚♥️ 5mo
SW-T Glad your dad was approved. Hopefully he‘s all settled in and adjusting well to his new surroundings. 💕 5mo
ValerieAndBooks Hope your dad is doing better now 💖 5mo
Smrloomis Glad that came through for you. Sending good thoughts. 5mo
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wen4blu
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Only two days til book club, hope I can finish in time!

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krismlars
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My dad has always been in denial about his condition. Sorry for the melancholy posts, but these quotes are really hitting me hard.

kspenmoll So sorry. 💕💕 5mo
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krismlars
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Sometimes I stare at my dad‘s bald head and imagine the tumors growing, pushing at his skull.

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krismlars
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My borrowed Outlander ebook was returned to the library before I could finish☹️. Luckily I‘ve got a back up! It‘s strange to be reading a Tana French novel that isn‘t part of the Dublin Murder Squad, but so far I‘m enjoying it a lot more than the most recent in the series.

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Macnjen
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Audiobook for #LitsyAtoZ challenge. Will this story EVER end???? Holy cow.

britt_brooke 😆 I liked it, but it‘s a long, slow burn. 5mo
Macnjen @britt_brooke - I'm just unsure where it can go from here and there's still 15% to go! I'll stick with it because I'm so close to the end.
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britt_brooke @Macnjen You‘re almost there! 💪🏻 5mo
Macnjen Audiobook. I'm torn because I like her descriptions, and the narration was good but the story was not great. The other 2 I've read left me feeling a skeptical as there's too much of a “stretch“ to be believable. Plus, the last chapter of self discovery was just not for me. A few side stories could have been cut due to lack of relevancy, in my opinion. Which is Tana' French's BEST book in your opinion? #LitsyAtoZ challenge. @bookishmarginalia 5mo
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

I became a fan of Tana French through her Dublin Murder Squad series. This stand alone book is told from a bit of a different perspective and that of an unreliable narrator. But it works, and French does it well dealing with brokenness on many fronts forcing the narrator to recognize his privilege, to face the ghosts of his past, to see his blind spots, to see who he was and who he wants to be.

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Maman929
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Panpan

Ok, so I trudged my way through this one. I was ready to walk away but kept on since it was a pick for #pop19, and I am determined 😁. It may not be fair to “pan” this book, but I just did not find it enjoyable. There was nothing to like about 99% of the characters, there was only one I felt I could even tolerate. I found it to be slow moving and anticlimactic once the plot was revealed. I was really expecting more.

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kaykay521
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Mehso-so

First things first, let me tell you, this book is sloooowwwww. Seriously, I listened on audio and the actual mystery of the skull in the elm tree did not show up til at least 6 or more hours in (it‘s a 22 hour book). This is less traditional mystery and more a study on luck ( or privilege), and family dynamics. It was enjoyable, and a stand-alone from her Dublin murder squad series, which I haven‘t read.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Pickpick

I remember the repeal of the 8th Amendment, but thought it was about abortion rights—I had no idea it was that awful. 😰

I thought this story took too long to get started, but having finished it, I realize all that tedious beginning needed to be there. I didn‘t like Toby, but the story wouldn‘t have worked with a different character. I‘m not sure I‘m satisfied with the ending, but really I liked the book a lot.

I‘m mad about the title though.

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Linda906
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Pickpick

Tana French is one of my top five favorite writers, making anything she writes an auto read for me. I love how she develops characters and uses even the setting to move along the story. However, this story of a family uncovering a decades old murder was my least favorite of all her books. The character development is a little too detailed and slow for me. I still liked it, but would have enjoyed it more had it been 100 pages shorter.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Woohoo! The plot is FINALLY starting!

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Caksf
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Ok, it‘s official, I am a Tara French fan girl! Wow!-what a page turner. I started at 9 this morning, legitimately planning to read for a few hours before starting my day. I should have had a clue ( from the stomach growling) but I am utterly shocked that it‘s 3pm and I have not moved from the couch! Needless to say, I finished and loved it. 5/5!!

HardcoverHearts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I AM SOOOO HAPPY!!!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
Caksf @HardcoverHearts Me too!! Lol.. I was so absorbed in the drama, that once I finished the book- I was actually relieved that I had somehow successfully escaped .. in fact.. I‘m still in a good mood about it! 6mo
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Maman929
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Ok, about 100 pages in and seems like it is taking some time for the story to develop. Is it worth sticking with? Does the story pick up? This is the first time I have anything from this author so not sure if this is typical of their style of writing. Thanks!! 👍📚

Slajaunie I like this author but I have not read this book. 6mo
Caksf Just finished it! It took awhile for me to get into, but once I hit 30 percent on kindle, I could not stop reading it 6mo
Maman929 Thanks @Caksf! I will keep at it 👍 6mo
Caksf @Maman929 Hopefully it grabs you like it did me! 6mo
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Brie
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Pickpick

Tana French‘s latest mystery, plus her first standalone! I was excited to read this one, and it didn‘t disappoint. Maybe a bit too wordy at times. A skull is found in an old tree on the estate belonging to Toby‘s uncle who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Detectives swoop in on the scene and to interrogate the family, where long held secrets are finally uncovered and memories are questioned.

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Rachel_nyc
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Pickpick

This book started out very slow but the writing was great and the characters well developed and realistic. The mystery was intriguing but felt almost secondary. 3.5 🌟 The image is of course not a witch (wych) elm but spring has finally arrived in NYC and I love this tree! #pop19

erzascarletbookgasm So pretty! I love it too! 6mo
Eggs Beautiful ❣️ 6mo
squirrelbrain Oh, I love NYC when the blossom is out. 😍🥰😍🥰 6mo
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Rachel_nyc @squirrelbrain @Eggs @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks! It *almost* makes winter worth it! 🥶🥶 6mo
cathysaid I agree that the mystery didn‘t really seem to be the focus of this one. Enjoyed but not my fave Tana French novel. 6mo
Rachel_nyc @cathysaid This was my first of hers and i really like her writing style. Do you have a recommendation of what else to read? Should I just start with the first of the Murder Squad series? 6mo
cathysaid @Rachel_nyc Yes! In my opinion the first few in that series are her best! 6mo
Rachel_nyc @cathysaid Thanks! I will check that out soon. 6mo
Liz_M Beautiful. And it looks so familiar. ☺ 6mo
Rachel_nyc @Liz_M 😊🌸 6mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I‘m not sure I can spend an entire book in this character‘s POV. Can‘t I read about Melissa instead? She seems far more interesting.

HeatherBlue I struggled with that, too! 6mo
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LauraRenae
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Pickpick

Such mixed feelings. No one can argue with French‘s amazing writing at this point and I actually really liked how the story came together. It was just a bit long-winded for me. But what else can we expect from French? #ATY2019 #24B4Monday

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katepoirier
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There is something so cozy about Tana French‘s writing, like getting into a bath and letting the warmth swirl around you...even when she‘s telling you about some terrible, brutal thing.

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BooksAtNight
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I did all the challenges for #booked2019 winter edition! Squeezed in The Witch Elm with just a few days before March ended :) I loved this book, which is typical Tana French: more focused on the effects of crime than on the crime itself. There are twists and turns to the story, but the focus is always on the people and how they affect the story.

Cinfhen Great job and love your graphics 🥰 7mo
Reviewsbylola Way to go!! 🥳🥳 7mo
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