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Publisher Description

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature

“Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet.” —The New York Times

An “extraordinary” (Stephen King) and “mesmerizing” (LA Times) new standalone novel from the master of crime and suspense and author of the forthcoming novel The Searcher.

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 9
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Galligirl ,

Good enough

Interesting enough to stay engaged, but found myself waiting for something to happen - the big reveal that would tie the plot all together. This was more like a meandering, slow burn. I never fully grasped the characters of Toby, Susanna and Leon and their complicated relationship. The only character who felt real to me and fully formed was Hugo.



It’s my first Tana Trench book. I picked it on a whim and it left me in a pit of despair.

JBuzzer14 ,


I was expecting an intruiging thriller and ended up with a great deal of build-up with no climax in sight. I truly thought that by the end things would all come together, but instead was left hanging as I was with every other chapter of the book. I wish I had known this before reading half of the book just to get to the first interesting plot point.

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