Witch Elm by Tana French

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In a departure from her awesome police procedurals, Tana French’s first stand-alone, Witch Elm (Viking, $28), introduces the winsome Toby. In his late twenties, Toby has never had to work hard for anything in his life—save for that one minor screw up on the job. And even then, luck swung his way! This lucky streak comes to an end when Toby surprises a couple of burglars in the act of pillaging his apartment. They beat him and leave him for dead, but he survives—albeit with cognitive, physical, and severe mental impairments. Anxious every moment and afraid of the outside world, Toby finds refuge at his family home, Ivy House. There his beloved Uncle Hugo, suffering from a terminal brain tumor, is fighting his own mental and physical deterioration. The two come to a satisfying, rhythmic, coexistence until the discovery of a skull in the garden. It belongs to a former classmate of Toby’s, and as both Toby and Hugo become suspects, it’s essential for their very survival that they untangle the past and sort through memories. Part family drama and part psychological suspense story, French’s The Witch Elm will leave you breathless. 

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ISBN: 9780735224629
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Published: Viking - October 9th, 2018

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