The Witch Elm by Tana French audiobook

The Witch Elm: A Novel

By Tana French
Read by Paul Nugent

Penguin Audio

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781984837981

  • ISBN: 9781984837981

Runtime: 22.13 Hours
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

New York Times audio bestseller

A Booklist Pick of the Top Ten Crime Fiction Audiobooks

Finalist for the Strand Critics Award for Best Mystery Novel

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

An October 2018 LibraryReads Pick

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“French’s alluring storytelling keeps you hooked.” Time
Spooky. . . . one of the premier voices in contemporary crime fiction . . . The final revelations in Witch are startling . . . a whodunit far more memorable for the why than the who. Entertainment Weekly
“Detail-rich sequences lead to psychological insights and unexpected revelations.” Wall Street Journal
Head-spinning. . . French has spun an engrossing meditation on memory, identity, and family. A master of psychological complexity, she toys with the minds of her characters and readers both. Vogue 
"Like all of her novels, it becomes an incisive psychological portrait embedded in a mesmerizing murder mystery. [French] could make a Target run feel tense and revelatory. Los Angeles Times
Tana French is at the cutting edge of crime fiction, and The Witch Elm pushes its boundaries further. New Republic
French’s slow-burning, character-driven examination of male privilege is timely, sharp, and meticulously crafted. Recommended for her legions of fans, as well as any readers of literary crime fiction. Library Journal
Like all of French’s novels, The Witch Elm can be swooningly evocative . . .  even if Toby isn’t on the Dublin Murder Squad, the events in The Witch Elm spur his great, transformative upheaval. The discovery they force on him revolves around one question: Whose story is this? By the time French is done retooling the mystery form—it seems there’s nothing she can’t make it do, no purpose she can’t make it serve—the answer is clear: hers and hers alone. Slate
The Witch Elm, which follows a privileged man whose life gets derailed, is a timely window into what happens when men lose their precious power . . . French’s masterful character study is absolutely riveting and timely. Buzzfeed
"French burrows deeply into her victim’s psyche, plucking out his thoughts and presenting them with such elegantly worded descriptions one may think the author has nestled herself in an armchair squarely in Toby’s frontal cortex . . . This one is worth two readings: the first with the constant tightening of the chest that accompanies all of French’s work, the second after the reader can breathe again. The Associated Press
A thrilling novel about privilege, family lore, and perception. PopSugar 
Exquisitely suspenseful. Bustle 
Tana French’s The Witch Elm is a chilling mystery about the unreliability of memory. Real Simple
You savor the details — the delicious portrayal of crisp fall weather in Ireland — as you race through the pages. . . A tick-tocking mystery and a fascinating portrayal of memory as a cracked mirror, through which the past can’t quite be seen clearly. –Seattle Times 
Tana French, having tailored psychological suspense to her own voice, demonstrates anew that the solution never fits neatly into the crime-solving order that detective novels demand. Bookforum
“Narrator Paul Nugent’s conversational delivery…[and] earnest tone makes the privileged and oblivious Toby seem charming as the story dives into the ripple effect of becoming a crime victim…Nugent’s myriad character voices sound authentic, keeping the listener locked inside Toby’s head.” AudioFile

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Tana French

Author Bio: Tana French

Tana French is the award-winning author of several New York Times bestselling novels. She has won many awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and IVCA Clarion awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Best Crime Fiction. She grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US, and Malawi, and trained as an actress at Trinity College Dublin before becoming a writer.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 22.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English