*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Toby’s perfect life is brutally interrupted when a seemingly random burglary leaves him physically and mentally traumatised. When he gets the devastating news that his beloved Uncle Hugo is dying, he decides to move into his childhood summer home, The Ivy House, to care for him and recoup himself. But when his nephew discovers a human skull in the wych elm at the bottom of the garden, Toby is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his idyllic teenage summers at The Ivy House. I loved The Wych Elm, it felt totally different to any other crime novel I’ve read. I liked that it focused the people affected rather than following the police detectives. All the characters felt real and fleshed out and multi-dimensional. I felt myself quite attached to them, especially Hugo. There was a much bigger focus on the domestic relationships between characters than most crime novels have, which I really liked. There were so many stages and layers to the investigation but it never felt dragged out, the pacing was excellent. Really enjoyed this and I’d like to read more from Tana French.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
The Wych Elm will be published February 21st 2019.