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The Wych Elm (Paperback)

The Wych Elm (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 05/09/2019
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A new direction for author Tana French that’s already got reviewers abuzz - Stephen King calls is an ‘extraordinary… meditation on luck - the good, the bad and the extremely ugly’ - The Wych Elm is a standalone treat that’s full of the unexpected. Following one man’s descent from breezy, untroubled ease to the midst of paranoid mystery, it’s an inventive thriller that grips to the final page.

Our Thriller of the Month for September 2019

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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241379530
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 416 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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

'Her best book. Really, it is not a crime novel: as ever, Tana's scope is so much broader than that. It's a book about identity, childhood, luck and family...I absolutely loved it.' - Gillian McAllister

'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

'A spectacularly talented writer.' - Louise O'Neill, author of Asking for It

'Tana French is one of those rare writers whose publication date you put in your diary. Her effortless verve, insight and black wit still glimmer from every page.' - Kate Riordan, author of The Girl in the Photograph
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