The Wych Elm

Penguin UK
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'AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE' John Boyne

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

'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' Stephen King'

From one of the greatest writers of the century comes a landmark novel of huge ambition.
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WHAT DO WE HIDE INSIDE OURSELVES?

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.
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'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: A TRULY GREAT WRITER' Gillian Flynn

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

'The finest crime writer around right now' Mail on Sunday

'A brilliant examination of male privilege and family secrets' Guardian

'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' Gillian McAllister

'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' Lucy Mangan, Stylist

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

'I DROP EVERYTHING for a new Tana French book - feign illness, cancel plans and miss deadlines - and it's always worth it. This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' Erin Kelly

'The Trespasser contains the most tense and serpentine interrogation scenes outside of John le Carré' Mark Lawson, Guardian

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About the author

Tana French is the award-winning andNew York Times bestselling author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and The Trespasser. She has won many awards for her fiction, including the Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Macavity and IVCA Clarion awards, theLA 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. She lives in Dublin with her family.
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Additional information

Publisher
Penguin UK
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Published on
21 Feb 2019
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Pages
480
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ISBN
9780241985670
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / General
Fiction / Gothic
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Noir
Fiction / Women
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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