The wych elm / Tana French.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: UK : Penguin Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9780241379530 (pbk.) :
Originally published: New York: Viking, 2018.
One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself. A spellbinding book from a novelist who takes crime writing and turns it inside out, 'The Wych Elm' asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are.
513 pages ; 20 cm
I read this after watching Dublin Murders (also by French) on TV and the voices were particularly strong. Toby has been brain-damaged, making him a very fallible narrator and the reader is invited to mistrust his memory and versions of events. Few characters in this story escape scrutiny, which keeps the reader on her toes throughout this beautifully written and intelligent thriller.
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