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The Wych Elm Hardcover – 21 Feb 2019

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (21 Feb. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241379504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241379509
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent (Stephen King)

The finest crime writer around right now (Mail on Sunday)

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)

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')

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One night changes everything for Toby Hennessey. 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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