The Wych Elm (Hardback)Tana French (author)
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'For me it all goes back to that night, the dark corroded hinge between before and after, the slipped-in sheet of trick glass that tints everything on one side in its own murky colours and leaves everything on the other luminous and untouchable.'
One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins.
But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden.
As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.
A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are.
'Exquisite, magnificent - a dense, hypnotic novel from one of the greatest fiction writers of this century. I am breathtaken. I am in awe. I feel enriched having read it.' AJ Finn
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Her best novel yet...this mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' -- Erin Kelly
Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent -- Stephen King
Gripping and suspenseful, with more twists than a rollercoaster, The Wych Elm is a magnificent novel -- John Boyne
'I drop everything for a new Tana French book - feign illness, cancel plans and miss deadlines - and it's always worth it. The Wych Elm is her best novel yet...this mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' -- Erin Kelly
Exquisite, magnificent - a dense, hypnotic novel from one of the greatest fiction writers of this century. I am breathtaken. I am in awe. I feel enriched having read it. -- AJ Finn
The new Tartt...every bit as good as The Secret History * The Times on 'The Secret Place' *
Absolutely mesmerizing -- Gillian Flynn
Inspires cultic devotion in readers...most crime fiction is diverting; French's is consuming * The New Yorker *
French is a poet of mood and a master builder of plots -- Maureen Corrigan * The Washington Post *