Inside “The Witch Elm” with Tana French

Tana French’s latest novel, The Witch Elm is her first departure from her bestselling Dublin Murder Squad series, of which there are six.

The story follows Toby, a young Irish man of privilege who’s luck seemingly runs out. After being beaten and left disabled, Toby returns to his family’s ancestral home to take care of his dying uncle. The novel takes a turn when a human skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden. As detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he always believed.

Says Roxanne, “Mix in good family dysfunction, unreliable narrators, the loss of belief that your good luck is forever and a jaw dropping final 40 pages, and you have all the perfect ingredients in Tana French’s hands for an exquisite book.”

The former theatrical actress who has been called “incandescent” by Stephen King and “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn recently joined Roxanne to talk about her latest mystery, her love of unreliable narrators, archaeology, luck, and whether she ever considers going back to acting.

Books in this episode:

The Witch Elm by Tana French

On Writing by Stephen King

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

The Spinning Heart by Donel Ryan

True Grit by Charles Portis

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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