The Witch Elm

The Witch Elm

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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"Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns." -The New York TimesA 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781984838018
Characteristics: 1 online resource (18 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Nugent, Paul

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dianne12346
Aug 18, 2020

I liked listening to this book at first because the narrator was really good and is probably a good actor. However, about a quarter of the way through, I got really bored because he read it so slowly and I could have skipped a lot of it. It was too drawn out and had passages that were not necessary. I wish I would have read the book because then I could have skimmed through it.

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pamelaluden
Feb 22, 2020

This was a 22-hour pity party. Toby (the narrator) is utterly deplorable: self-absorbed, cock-sure, shallow, full of denial, and disingenuous. Above all, he's manipulative. I don't get the sense that he gives two shits--heads up, there's a lot of swearing in this book--about anyone else, only how they affect his life. He looks down on and uses everyone. He possesses zero compassion. Kids are "bitchy." Women are "dumpy;" A select few are "gorgeous." Doctors are "shitbirds." Anyone else with a problem is being dramatic and probably exaggerating.

Everyone except Hugo and the detectives in the audiobook (through Toby's eyes) sounds incredibly whiny and for some inexplicable reason, NOT Irish.

The constant indignation gets tiresome. "What? How dare you suspect me?! Wait, why am I not a suspect?! Why me? Wait, why not me? Why me?" If it hadn't been the first read in my book club, there's no way I would have finished it.

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MKooiker01
Jun 27, 2019

I enjoy that this is a mystery that kept me guessing, without delving into anything too implausible.

That said, many points of this were very slow. The narrator's excellent work kept me going through those parts, but if I had been reading this in print I might have given up on it at some point.

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Daj_O
Mar 08, 2019

This is a well-written character study. A novel-length character study with no plot. Love her other books but not this one.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2018

My reaction to this mystery is very mixed. Sometimes I really liked it; other times I thought that it needed editing to eliminate unnecessary repetition and meandering to unrelated topics. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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