BOOK REVIEW – The Wych Elm, Tana French


“In my memory the world stopped. Everything hung motionless and weightless above the slowly turning earth, suspended in a vast silence that went on and on… one blink, one glance to the side and when you look again everything is different. The world looked unchanged and yet somehow I was standing in an entirely different place.”

First off, can I just say how beautiful is this book? I won a competition at work to receive this beautiful advance copy of The Wych Elm by Tana French and the moment it arrived, I was in love. The smaller format but hardback binding with its simple black and white cover design are incredibly striking. There really should be more hardbacks this size (although the text was quite small, but not prohibitively so).

In short, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Meet Toby, the man who seemingly has everything and then one night, he’s attacked and the luckiest man in Dublin’s luck runs out.

Murder, skeletons and family intrigue come together in a gripping mystery that I struggled to put down. French does a fabulous job of creating Toby, the unreliable narrator who we never know whether we can trust, as she weaves confusion and a multi-layered narrative together that comes together in a delicious twist.

Although this is a long book, you have to keep going as I enjoyed every second of this The Wych Elm – the perfect cure for a reading slump. Publishing February 2019, you need to get a copy of this book!

Thank you to the author and publisher for the advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.