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The Witch Elm: A Novel de Tana French
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The Witch Elm: A Novel (original: 2018; edição: 2019)

de Tana French (Autor)

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"A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years." (Washington Post) 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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Witch Elm: A Novel
Autores:Tana French (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 528 pages
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The Wych Elm de Tana French (2018)

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A rather good novel about young folks in an extended contemporary Dublin middle-class family, who find a mysterious death from ten years ago coming back to haunt them. The somewhat clueless narrator is very well portrayed; as a straight man, he is oblivious to the challenges faced by his two cousins, one gay and one a mother of two, and only gradually develops a clue. It's weird to realise that Gen Z have always been deep into social media as part of their world. The end did not quite work for me, but the rest did; and Dublin as a place is very well observed. ( )
  nwhyte | Oct 24, 2021 |
Ehhh. Damning the latest book from one of my very favorite authors with faint praise. First of all, French is incapable of less-than-good writing. The Witch Elm is very well written and I enjoyed it. It's just that this one suffers in comparison to some of her other books, specifically In the Woods, Faithful Place, and Broken Harbour. Those books, I literally couldn't put down, and their impact was devastating. This one, I could put down. For a couple weeks, at one point. Which is unprecedented for a French novel. Now, I did come back of course. I could use the holiday craziness as an excuse. But the effect overall was: "Okay, that was pretty good." Shoulder shrug. On to the next book. Which I'm not used to from this author.

Even the flawed The Likeness with its ludicrous premise that I just couldn't buy into, was memorable. It's not about the shift in focus from detectives to ordinary citizens/victims/possible perps. That was an intriguing change of pace actually. It's just the book was a bit flabby if I'm honest. There was one particular subplot that was entirely superfluous. Conversations went on and on and on. And on. And I just didn't quite buy the final machinations of the plot.

Plenty of people seem to think that French is too wordy, you see that type of sentiment all the time in negative reviews of her books, and I fracking HATE that with a passion - the fact that she takes the time to dig deep into the character's psyches, and describes people, places and events so vividly instead of rushing hurriedly through the plot mechanics, is a unique gift she bestows on the crime genre. However in this case, unlike any of her past novels, such criticism is not entirely unwarranted. ( )
  usuallee | Oct 7, 2021 |
I didn't like it as much as The Searcher ( )
  SueWyman | Aug 31, 2021 |
This is a page turner of a psychological character study wearing the disguise of a dark Dublin-centered mystery. Toby is a PR guy for an art gallery -- privileged, white, well-off, and a charmer. He is good at fitting in, getting his way, and talking himself out of tight spots, and he knows it. He has a lovely girlfriend, some close mates, and owns his own flat. One night after blowing off some steam with his friends at the pub after a serious misstep at work, he is attacked by two burglars who beat him severely -- almost killing him and leaving him with a lasting head injury. Once an athletic smooth talker, Toby now struggles to find the right word, has big chunks missing from his memory, and has weakness on one side of his body. While he tries desperately to hide it from those around him, his confidence and assumption that things are safe and he is in charge has been ripped away, and he is devastated. At the same time, his beloved Uncle Hugo has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and needs someone to stay with him at the Ivy House, the rambling old family home where Toby would spend entire summers with his cousins -- including what he remembers as idyllic teenage years of drugs and parties under the not-so-watchful eye of Hugo. Toby and his girlfriend Melissa move in and things are going relatively smoothly when Susanna's son unearths a skull in a hole of an ancient Wych Elm in the back garden. The police are called in and Toby is thrust into a transformational mystery.

This is the first Tana French book I've read, and I really want to read more although, judging from other reviews, many die hard fans of her Dublin Murder Squad series were disappointed by this book. I came at it expecting it to be a fun suspense novel and was rewarded with something much more meaty and muddy than I expected with an evocative literary writing style and a deep, non-cliched level of characterization, even for relatively minor characters. Toby is a sympathetic, but not a likable protagonist, and the revelations of the book thrust pretty much everyone into a morally ambiguous territory. The ending leaves a lot to chew on, including the potentially huge impact of small cruelties, the dissatisfaction of knowing "the truth," the blinders of privilege, and the impact of the lies we all tell ourselves about ourselves and our pasts.

Stir in a classic unreliable narrator (my fave), some cancer stuff, charming Dublin slang, and a dash of archives and genealogy, and you have a recipe for an excellent read. Highly recommended, even if it may not be what you are expecting. ( )
  kristykay22 | Aug 21, 2021 |
I'm a fan. I've read and (mostly) loved all Tana French's books. I really liked this one; however, it diverges from her regular offerings in that the book isn't part of the Dublin Murder Squad series and, although there is a mystery, it isn't the main plot driver. The story is really a character study of the protagonist, Toby Hennessy, who skates above the troubled waters of the world in his rich-privileged-white-man bubble. Until he becomes the victim of a crime, and discovers how his own thoughtless actions have aided and abetted another.

This story isn't going to be for everyone. The Witch Elm IS NOT A THRILLER. It is a literary novel with a crime in it. It's a slow, rich burn with French's usual evocative, beautiful prose. Although we do discover the solution to the mystery in the witch elm, the real question is whether Toby will be able to change the kind of person he is. Although he does gain some awareness, he makes a grave mistake in how he chooses to transform himself, and we're left hanging as to whether he has truly succeeded. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Aug 6, 2021 |
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"A brilliant new work of suspense from "the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years." (Washington Post) 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"--

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