AT HER COMMERCIAL PEAK: Her first standalone novel outside the Dublin Murders series, The Witch Elm debuted at #7 on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold more in its first year than any of her hardcovers, with 300K sold across formats. Her backlist sold 176K in 2019 alone, and she now has over 1.6M books in print.
AT HER CRITICAL PEAK: The Witch Elm was a critical and commerical success, appearing on best of the year lists in NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, and Vox. She likewise received glowing review coverage in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and more.
STAND-ALONE SUSPENSE: French brings all of her powerhouse atmospherics and characterization to a story that plays with the traditions of suspense fiction and keeps you guessing.
CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Viking hardcover. Also available as an unabridged audiobook from Penguin Audio.
Praise for Tana French:
“Extraordinary…Here’s a things-go-bad story Thomas Hardy could have written in his prime…The book is lifted by French’s nervy, almost obsessive prose….This is good work by a good writer. For the reader, what luck.”—Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review on The Witch Elm
“A tour de force…When you read Ms. French—and she has become required reading for nyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting—make only one assumption: All of your initial assumptions are wrong.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times on The Witch Elm
“Like all of her novels, it becomes an incisive psychological portrait embedded in a mesmerizing murder mystery. [French] could make a Target run feel tense and revelatory.”—Los Angeles Times on The Witch Elm
“Like all of French’s novels, The Witch Elm can be swooningly evocative…even if Toby isn’t on the Dublin Murder Squad, the events in The Witch Elm spur his great, transformative upheaval. The discovery they force on him revolves around one question: Whose story is this? By the time French is done retooling the mystery form—it seems there’s nothing she can’t make it do, no purpose she can’t make it serve—the answer is clear: hers and hers alone.”—Laura Miller, Slate on The Witch Elm
“[Tana French] inspires cultic devotion in readers…most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is consuming.” —The New Yorker
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