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The Witch Elm
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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rachelm
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite French, but I will admit the last hundred pages had me 😱in the best ways, per usual. This is the last French out so far and now I feel bereft! What other mystery-thrillers do I need to read, littens?

cathysaid I think that SJ Bolton (she also writes under Sharon Bolton) is comparable. The Lacey Flint series is good as well as some of her standalone books. Here's the first in the Flint series. 7h
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rachelm
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#weeklyforecast
📕finish The Witch Elm
📖Start Real Life
📖start whatever is on it‘s way for #lmpbc
🔈finish Dodger

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LaurensLibrary
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Thank you @AprilMae for this awesome #litsylove #winterswap package! 🎅🏼

AprilMae I'm glad you liked it! I'm just getting ready to open mine (I wasn't home all day, trying to get stuff done before the snow starts tonight !!!) 2w
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Cathythoughts
The Wych Elm | Tana French
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#MOvember #Fever Wych Elm ! one of my favorite reads this year ❤️.... Our MC has some #fever ( pic of a Eucalyptus tree in our garden... no Wych Elm available at this time 🌲🙃...

Cinfhen I‘m curious about this title #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 3w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I know !! So little time .... only I lifetime 🤷🏼‍♀️impossible to read them all 3w
Cinfhen I just requested from my library so we‘ll see 🤞🏽 3w
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻I hope 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Tamra Sounds fun, stacked! 3w
Cathythoughts @Tamra Hi Tamra 👋.... I look forward to your thoughts whenever you my get there ❤️👍🏻 3w
britt_brooke This was my first Tana French and I really liked it! Such a slow burn, but her writing is 🔥! 3w
Cathythoughts @britt_brooke I think this is her least slow burn book so far ... I really loved it best of all the ones I‘ve read .... ❤️👍🏻 3w
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Hufflepuffle
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Pickpick

I struggled to rate this book. At no point did I want to bail as I was intrigued to find out what happened but I did feel like it was a bit slow and stretched out. I also never really liked the character of Toby, from whose point of view the story was told, but I think that‘s a personal opinion, not one that reflects on the writing necessarily. The ending definitely saved it though. I didn‘t see it coming. Between a Pick and a So-So.

Ncostell I felt this book dragged a bit too and I had a similar impression. I prefer her Dublin Murder Squad books to this one. 4w
Hufflepuffle @Ncostell I will have to try them! 4w
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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

#BookReport I‘m happy to say I finished Wych Elm ! 5⭐️.! Tana Frenchs best book yet ! Crime / psychological thriller &fine literary fiction. John Boyne calls it ‘A Masterpiece‘ - I agree.
I did start The Sparrow last night , only barely begun , I really want to love it 🤞🏻
The poor Overstory didn‘t even get a glance - yet.
I‘m happy with my weeks reading. ❤️

TrishB Great summary 👍🏻 1mo
Lindy I picked up Overstory at the library yesterday. Haven‘t looked inside yet either. 1mo
Hufflepuffle I have just started reading The Wych Elm! Im glad to see you gave it 5 stars, I can‘t wait to read more! 1mo
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BarbaraBB Great report. 1mo
Freespirit I liked the Overstory...an important read I think! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Hufflepuffle I really liked it ! I hope you enjoy too 1mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy 👍❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Freespirit oh good 👍❤️ 1mo
merelybookish You've made me want to read Tana French! 1mo
Cinfhen I wasn‘t a fan of my first Tana French but after that blurb I think I might want to try The Witch Elm. Thanks for checking in!!! 1mo
Cathythoughts @merelybookish @Cinfhen I liked her first one .. but she can go on & on & on sometimes ( I still love her though) but I would recommend The Wych Elm ... Id love to know what ye think if ye go there ... 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! A five-star! Can‘t wait to get to mine. A very good week! 👍 1mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m looking forward to your thoughts whenever you may get there ..... 👍❤️ 1mo
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shaynarae
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Mehso-so

Too long. I‘ve had more than my fill of 1000+ pages books this year, so I‘m extra sensitive to verbose writing and unnecessary filler. Maybe cramming a lot of detail into scenes that may or may not matter in the end is part of the mystery thriller genre, but it‘s not for me. I didn‘t even care who did what halfway through. FYI to anyone who sees Witch in the title and thinks 🔮, know that Elm is really the keyword 🌳

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Cathythoughts
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#WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen What a great idea. I‘m a day late as I‘ve only seen this ... I hope to finish Wych Elm this week 🤞🏻& begin The Sparrow ( maybe have a look at OverStory) .... #BookReport on Saturday. We are going on a small break , so I hope to read at my leisure♥️
Nice one Cindy 👏🏻👏🏻💕

Cinfhen I read and loved the Sparrow/ it took some time so stick with it!!! Read Overstory too, it was just too damn long but the writing and science about tress was amazing 1mo
SomedayAlmost I have The Sparrow on my desk to read after I finish the mysteries I am trying to finish for Bouchercon Mystery/thriller con... (edited) 1mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen I agree with Cindy, The Sparrow is a a great story but dies take a bit of perseverance especially at the beginning. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @Andrew65 thanks!! Good to know, I‘ll persevere at the beginning ... I‘m looking forward to trying it 🤞🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts @SomedayAlmost oh great ! You may get there before me - I‘m a slow coach of a reader 👍🏻😁 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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He seemed like a decent man, underneath the drink. Well-read — occasionally he would ask if we had a book to spare, and I‘d find something to give him - he liked non-fiction, World War I stuff. He always seemed to me like someone who , if just one or two rolls of the dice had gone differently...

Loving this book 👍🏻♥️
“The Greeks believed there was a Wych Elm at the gates to the underworld “

youneverarrived Ohh this sounds good! 1mo
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jenniferajanes
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Pickpick

This was my first Tana French book. If this is typical of her other books, I‘m not sure she‘s for me. However, I am rating this a pick because it was full of twists and turns that kept me wanting to know more. It has been a difficult month and took me forever to listen to this book!

aprilpohren I really want to read this!! 2mo
jenniferajanes @aprilpohren It has moments that made me gasp out loud! I hope you enjoy it when you read it. 📚 2mo
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EadieB
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I‘ve read all of French‘s books and think this is the best so far. A master storyteller w/beautiful prose. A dark story that is a slow burn. Her plot is intricate with surprising twists and turns, especially at the end. Toby always felt lucky and blessed until a burglar hit him on the head and caused slight brain damage. After this event, things spiral out of control and change his life forever. A spellbinding and gripping read not to be missed.

Ruthiella M favorite is still Broken Harbor but I thought The Witch Elm was pretty good too.😀 2mo
mcipher My favorite is The Likeness and someday when I get out from under my TBR I‘m re-reading it!! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧙🏻‍♀️ 2mo
EadieB @mcipher That would be a great re-read! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good to hear this is her best! 👍 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m reading it at the moment ... it‘s excellent ( I‘ve still to read 2 of the Murder Squads though) ...... I hope she is writing another soon. Wych Elm is very different from her others. ..... so good 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Lucy_Anywhere Ooooh, I have this on my Kindle - sounds like I should bump it up my TBR! 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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I started this one today .... so far , really good 👍🏻♥️

TrishB Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks!! It‘s my 5th Tana .... I‘ve never been disappointed & this one is a stand alone ( not part of the Dublin Murder Squad series .... ♥️ 2mo
TrishB I‘ve read three (to make sure!) but not a big fan! Though I know they‘re well loved ❤️ 2mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB she can go on a bit sometimes! But I love her anyway ♥️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Yay! Hopefully better than the last one! 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain thanks! I love Tana ... 🤞🏻♥️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm ❤️Hope you‘ll enjoy! My treasured copy is waiting for me, thanks 😘). I still need to read books 5 & 6, although this is a stand-alone (I‘m weird like that!) 2mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I need to read 5 & 6 too. .... really enjoying this one now , she is so good ♥️ 2mo
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Hufflepuffle
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Sunday evening calls for an early night and a new book 🖤

Alora Love your bookmark! 🖤 2mo
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Eggs
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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I‘ve read several of French‘s books, but not the #witch elm

#witch
#spooktober

ferskner It's so good! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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I‘m in the mood for a great thriller as my next read! I‘ve narrowed it down to the 4 pictured here. Any suggestions? I think I‘m leaning to one of the Tana French ones?

BekaReid Tou can't go wrong with Tana French. I loved The Wych Elm, and her Dublin Murder Squad books are great too! 2mo
Ericalambbrown Damn! I haven‘t read any of these! 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading I quite liked Bluebird Bluebird and the second in the series just came out so if you like there is more. 2mo
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DHill Love French‘s Dublin Murder Squad books v 2mo
Laughterhp Tana French! I really like the Dublin Murder Squad books! 2mo
Melismatic I love Tana French! I‘ve read The Tresspasser - it was so good. 2mo
JamieArc Bluebird, Bluebird is good, though I wouldn‘t quite call it a thriller, of that what you‘re looking for. 2mo
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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

Read this for my book club! Some of the best dialogue which kept this book moving quickly despite its length. How well do we know ourselves and are our circumstances luck or do we bring things on ourselves. What part to we play in our own trajectory? This book is fun like a mystery/thriller but leaves a lot to ponder when the murder and mystery are solved!

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Sarahreadstoomuch
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Pickpick

Took a bit of a reading break or slowdown, but just finished this and loved it! French is a #favoriteauthor of mine, and this standalone was so different than her others. Just wonderfully rich, excellent dialogue, perfect narrator for the audio, and has an ending I never saw coming. #bbrc #growup

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻😁❤️ 3mo
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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Pickpick

This was my first Tana French and I loved it. After frying my brain with some heavy-duty non fiction, I was pretty much just looking for an engaging plot, but it delivered on so much more as well! It's a slow burn with more focus on character development than action, and deals with themes of memory, identity, and white male privilege...all while maintaining the suspense. Can see that wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I was hooked.

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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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It's been a whole week and three books since I've read any fiction. Time to snuggle up and return to my reading comfort zone of pure escapism 💛

ruskigurl16 I love her stuff! ❤️📚 3mo
LauraAndTaraAndBooks @ruskigurl16 this is the first of hers I've read, and I'm loving it even more than I expected. Will definitely be checking out her others, in spite of my silently protesting TBR mountain 😂 3mo
ruskigurl16 @LauraAndTaraAndBooks my mountain is as big as yours, but I can‘t resist her. 3mo
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LaLove
Mehso-so

Very slow. Different from her other books.

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NatalieR
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Pickpick

I initially thought that this was going to be my least favorite Tana French book, but as I kept reading I changed my mind. I really love how the author is devoted to developing the characters. This is definitely a long, slow story and I didn‘t want to leave Toby. I fell in love with Hugo and Ivy House. I could forever stay in that house. Tana French did not disappoint me. #MountTBR

EllieDottie I just finished this and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would as well!! (edited) 3mo
NatalieR @EllieDottie 👍👍 3mo
Ruthiella I found it slow but rewarding also! 😀 3mo
NatalieR @Ruthiella I‘m glad you enjoyed it too. 😊 3mo
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Velvetsun
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Currently reading this amazing book. Not sure why so many people disliked it so much. I love a good slow burn.
PS - Happy International Dog Day to my fur babies, Archer and Sable. 💙

ladym30 They are adorable!❤️ 4mo
OriginalCyn620 So cute!! 🐶❤️ 4mo
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rebbyj
The Witch Elm | Tana French
Pickpick

always a good read

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Peeps, I have to show you this, my copy of the tagged book is signed! 🤩😍
@Cathythoughts I just saw this! I am thrilled! One of my auto-buy authors! 😍Thank you, Cathy! ❤️

Cathythoughts My pleasure 😘 4mo
eanderson 😱😱😱 This is so awesome! 4mo
batsy How fabulous! 4mo
LeahBergen Ooooh! 😍😍 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Dear Cathy, thank you so much for this wonderful gift! I look forward to reading these two books. I feel lucky and blessed to have a generous friend like you. ❤️😘😍🥰
#bookmail

Cathythoughts Jessie, Your so welcome!! I‘m delighted they finally got there , I was getting very worried! Enjoy my lovely friend X Cathy 4mo
batsy Lovely ❤️ 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I‘m sorry you got worried over it. I suspect the parcel has been sitting in the office for a little while, as they normally do not take this long..they only gave it to me when I was there to collect a document! 😠 Anyway I‘m happy I got them now. And you know how much I love Tana French! ❤️Thank you! 😊 (edited) 4mo
Cathythoughts I know you love Tana 👍🏻.. & I hope you like Big Sky as much as I did 😘 4mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 4mo
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Serenity_Within86
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Reading time

brit91 💖📚💖📚💖📚 4mo
Serenity_Within86 @brit91 😁😁📚📚🤗🤗🤓🤓 4mo
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Serenity_Within86
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Finally found a book club alcohol free at the library. And thriller to top off too 😁😁😁😁

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ATB
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Last nights reading.

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Come-read-with-me
The Witch Elm | Tana French
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Pickpick

This was a slow burn of mystery. The story starts quickly and the ending is strong, but the middle lags at times. French is amazing at crafting a strong cast of characters and a story line that pulls you further in with every page. Overall a really good read.

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Slajaunie
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Bailedbailed

I was 6 hours in and I just could not do it anymore.

Ruthiella French‘s novels are slow burns. I like ‘em but I can see how others wouldn‘t.😀 5mo
Slajaunie I‘ve read others but this one did not appeal. @Ruthiella 5mo
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REPollock
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Pickpick

Not a five-star read, but I didn‘t hate it like a significant number of readers have. I like a story told by an unreliable narrator, and this narrator is pretty much a douchebag but I am also down for a tale told by a dick. I would call this a literary psychological thriller. It strains credulity in the last 5% but it doesn‘t drop the ball.

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REPollock
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I‘m halfway through, and I‘m really loving this! I know it wasn‘t all that well received but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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REPollock
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Next ebook. This got such mixed reviews, but I have always enjoyed French‘s writing. Even the books of hers that disappointed me, I enjoyed the experience of reading them. High hopes!

Also, happy 4th, America!

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Courtneyjo_reads
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I can‘t wait to read this one!!
Anyone on here use #bookstagram? I‘d love to make new friends and see new recommendations for books! My handle on Instagram is courtneyjo_reads 📖💖

Scorpioseah I have got this book from my local library recently. We do have almost same taste on books. 6mo
Courtneyjo_reads @Scorpioseah that‘s awesome, I love that!! Have any good recommendations for me? 😌😌 6mo
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Ncostell
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Mehso-so

While I‘ve really enjoyed Tana French‘s Dublin Murder Squad series, I did not find the same satisfaction from this stand alone book. It felt like there was a very long buildup until the central mystery was introduced which made me a bit impatient. There were a lot of dull stretches punctuated by interesting discoveries. At least I still have some Dublin Murder Squad books that I have yet to read.

Aswenson Agree! This took far too long to get to the point. Bits and pieces were interesting, but many parts dragged. 6mo
BeckyMerilatt I thought it was a bit long, but the psychology and (main) character development had me totally sucked in. 6mo
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Ruthiella
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Third time is the charm! After checking this title out twice before and returning it unread I‘m finally actually reading it!!! 90 pages in. It‘s slow but I‘m enjoying the writing so far.

thebluestocking Thank you for the love today!! 💙💙 I hope you make it through this time! 6mo
Ruthiella @thebluestocking You‘re welcome! 🤗I‘m gonna read it for sure this time! It already has its hooks in me. 6mo
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BookaholicNatty
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Book #9 in the Modern Mrs Darcy Must Read mystery list. Toby is attacked by two burglars and left for dead. He heads to his uncles cabin to recover and rest. All is well until he discovers a skull in the garden leaving Tony questioning everything he knew about his family and himself. This novel of Tana French‘s is one of her only stand alones.

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purebugbeauty72
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Hoping for rain today so I can make in dent in this one. One week until book club.

purebugbeauty72 Update: It was meh. I wasn't invested in any of the characters and didn't really care who did it or why. I would have ditched it but it's for book club. 6mo
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Oliveldn
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Mac the Cat decided to help choose my next read. After much consultation we‘ve gone for The Wych Elm! #tanafrench

kimba7 Beautiful kitty :) 6mo
Oliveldn She is my little cutie ☺️ 6mo
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Christyco125
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Pickpick

Not a lot of real action but heaps of internal action. I was about 4 hours in when I realized there wasn‘t a whole much going on but I was still interested. Narrator was excellent as well.

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booklover3258
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Panpan

Based off the cover, I thought it was going to be a supernatural/horror book. Nope not at all. In a nutshell, a skeleton is found in a tree and the cousins and uncle who were in the house at the time are suspects So much irrelevant detail I didn't need to know. This book really could have been cut in half. Was I surprised at who the killer was? Nope. I was more surprised who set up the burglary/beat up of Toby and the Rafferty/Toby last talk.

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krismlars
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Having a celebratory tea in the family lounge of the hospital...my dad has finally been approved for a room at the nursing home! Hoping he can get transferred today. Of course, there‘s nothing happy about the situation, but I‘m incredibly relieved. Thanks for all the love and support from Litsy! And I‘m loving this book, despite hating the main character.

MaGoose Hope things work out for you regarding your dad. 7mo
tpixie Hard to have a parent move to nursing home, but so thankful, that when it's necessary, that it's approved!! Best wishes. ♥️📚♥️ 7mo
SW-T Glad your dad was approved. Hopefully he‘s all settled in and adjusting well to his new surroundings. 💕 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Hope your dad is doing better now 💖 6mo
Smrloomis Glad that came through for you. Sending good thoughts. 6mo
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wen4blu
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Only two days til book club, hope I can finish in time!

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krismlars
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My dad has always been in denial about his condition. Sorry for the melancholy posts, but these quotes are really hitting me hard.

kspenmoll So sorry. 💕💕 7mo
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krismlars
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Sometimes I stare at my dad‘s bald head and imagine the tumors growing, pushing at his skull.

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krismlars
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My borrowed Outlander ebook was returned to the library before I could finish☹️. Luckily I‘ve got a back up! It‘s strange to be reading a Tana French novel that isn‘t part of the Dublin Murder Squad, but so far I‘m enjoying it a lot more than the most recent in the series.

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Macnjen
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Audiobook for #LitsyAtoZ challenge. Will this story EVER end???? Holy cow.

britt_brooke 😆 I liked it, but it‘s a long, slow burn. 7mo
Macnjen @britt_brooke - I'm just unsure where it can go from here and there's still 15% to go! I'll stick with it because I'm so close to the end.
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britt_brooke @Macnjen You‘re almost there! 💪🏻 7mo
Macnjen Audiobook. I'm torn because I like her descriptions, and the narration was good but the story was not great. The other 2 I've read left me feeling a skeptical as there's too much of a “stretch“ to be believable. Plus, the last chapter of self discovery was just not for me. A few side stories could have been cut due to lack of relevancy, in my opinion. Which is Tana' French's BEST book in your opinion? #LitsyAtoZ challenge. @bookishmarginalia 7mo
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

I became a fan of Tana French through her Dublin Murder Squad series. This stand alone book is told from a bit of a different perspective and that of an unreliable narrator. But it works, and French does it well dealing with brokenness on many fronts forcing the narrator to recognize his privilege, to face the ghosts of his past, to see his blind spots, to see who he was and who he wants to be.

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Maman929
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Panpan

Ok, so I trudged my way through this one. I was ready to walk away but kept on since it was a pick for #pop19, and I am determined 😁. It may not be fair to “pan” this book, but I just did not find it enjoyable. There was nothing to like about 99% of the characters, there was only one I felt I could even tolerate. I found it to be slow moving and anticlimactic once the plot was revealed. I was really expecting more.

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kaykay521
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Mehso-so

First things first, let me tell you, this book is sloooowwwww. Seriously, I listened on audio and the actual mystery of the skull in the elm tree did not show up til at least 6 or more hours in (it‘s a 22 hour book). This is less traditional mystery and more a study on luck ( or privilege), and family dynamics. It was enjoyable, and a stand-alone from her Dublin murder squad series, which I haven‘t read.