I started this one today .... so far , really good 👍🏻♥️
I started this one today .... so far , really good 👍🏻♥️
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?
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!
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
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.
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 💛
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
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! ❤️
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. ❤️😘😍🥰
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.
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 📖💖
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audiobook for #LitsyAtoZ challenge. Will this story EVER end???? Holy cow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!! 👍📚
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.
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
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.