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Tana French | The Witch Elm | Ten-Second Spoilers


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.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Book spoilers ahead–if you haven’t yet read The Witch Elm, I suggest you turn back now.

The Witch Elm Spoilers:

Susanna and Leon had killed Dominic because he was constantly sexually harassing Susanna and bullying Leon. He threatened to follow Susanna to college, so she came up with a plan to kill him and asked Leon to help. Hugo took the blame because he was about to die of brain cancer, and the case was closed once he died. He seems to have known about it all along. The detective still suspected Toby had something to do with it though, and came to his house to ask Toby about the emails that Toby had been sending to Dominic leading up to his death, pretending to be Susanna and encouraging his attention. Toby and the detective fight, and Toby kills him. He claims PTSD from his brain injury at the beginning of the book and is sent to a mental hospital instead of to jail. The attacker at the beginning of the book was an artist angry about Toby’s gallery show that he had botched.

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