"Ms. French is probably the best known author on the list and she’s here because she stepped out of her comfort zone and crafted a scintillating psychological conundrum of a novel that had my head spinning. Everything revolves around a skeleton found in a hollowed out tree in the backyard of a close-knit family’s uncle. How did it get there? How long has it been there? The police are close lipped and the pressure starts to rise as brothers, cousins, mom’s and dad’s begin to look askance at one another.” -- Pete
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.
TANA FRENCH is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor and The Secret Place. Her books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Dublin with her family.