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.
One of Fall 2020s Most Anticipated Books
Entertainment Weekly | TIME | Vogue | Parade | CrimeReads | The Week | New York Post | The Millions | Kirkus | Publishers Weekly Top 10
"Taut, chiseled and propulsive."—Vogue
"French takes this standalone novel at a measured pace, easing readers into Cal's quiet life before the thrills unravel."—TIME
“Insightful characterizations, even of minor figures, and a devastating reveal help make this a standout. Crime fiction fans won’t want to miss this one.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A slow-burn stunner that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. Recommend to the author’s legions of fans, as well as those who enjoy crime fiction set in small towns like Julia Keller’s or Jane Harper’s novels.”—Library Journal, starred review
“In another stand-alone, French again displays impressive versatility…French skillfully builds suspense…a fine thriller, but also a moving story of an unlikely friendship that grows from refinishing a ramshackle desk to rebuilding two nearly broken lives.”—Booklist
“Just pre-order and call in sick for a couple days after October 6 when the book comes out.”—The Millions
“Deliver[s] plenty of twists, shocking revelations, and truly chilling moments.”—Kirkus
“Plenty of French’s trademark character studies and careful reveals. Fans and newcomers will be equally pleased!”—CrimeReads
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