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  • Published: 11 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241985670
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

The Wych Elm

The Sunday Times bestseller

'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History . . . impossible to put down' The Times

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 stand-alone 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.

  • Published: 11 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241985670
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

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Praise for The Wych Elm

Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent

Stephen King

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

The Wych Elm is her best novel yet

Erin Kelly

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

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'

A hugely satisfying door-stopper of a novel, full of ambiguity, nuance and building menace. To read French is to experience that sense of utter disorientation that comes from the ground shifting constantly beneath your feet. Totally absorbing

Tammy Cohen

Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns

New York Times

Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin

Lucy Mangan, Stylist

A brilliant examination of male privilege and family secrets

What to Look Forward to in the World of Books 2019, Guardian

A darkly addictive story of family secrets

Best Books of 2019, i paper

Her storytelling skills are incredible

Sarra Manning, Red

French offers a masterclass in unreliability . . . dissolving the boundaries between genre and literary fiction

Sunday Times

One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History...impossible to put down

The Times

The finest crime writer around right now

Mail on Sunday

Tana French's writing is lyrical but sharp, her eye for detail exquisite, her storytelling skills incredible - I need to read her backlist right away!

Sara Manning, Red Magazine

The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists


A beautifully written, highly intelligent meditation on family relationships, the human mind, social politics and much more, often leavened with good jokes

Sunday Express

A truly great writer

Gillian Flynn

A masterpiece

John Boyne

My favourite novel of last year

Sophie Hannah

Lyrical, suspenseful, unpredictable

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