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Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a remote Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force, and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens.

But then a local kid comes looking for his help. His brother has gone missing, and no one, least of all the police, seems to care. Cal wants nothing to do with any kind of investigation, but somehow he can’t make himself walk away.

Soon Cal will discover that even in the most idyllic small town, secrets lie hidden, people aren’t always what they seem, and trouble can come calling at his door.

Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and the dangers of finding what we seek.

WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT TANA FRENCH

‘One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt’s The Secret HistoryTHE TIMES

‘An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully written mystery’ SOPHIE HANNAH

‘To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she’s simply this: a truly great writer‘ GILLIAN FLYNN

‘French offers a masterclass in unreliabilitySUNDAY TIMES

‘I’m a big fan of Tana French‘ IAN RANKIN

The Wych Elm should cement French’s place in the first rank of great literary novelistsOBSERVER

‘This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction’s] biggest contemporary starGUARDIAN

Terrific – terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent‘ STEPHEN KING

‘Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin’ LUCY MANGAN, STYLIST

‘This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time‘ ERIN KELLY

© Tana French 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • This is a tour de force of suspense and storytelling. Comes closer to perfection than anything I’ve read in the last decade

    SARAH HILARY
  • French offers a masterclass in unreliability

    SUNDAY TIMES
  • This is completely, indescribably magnificent. Tana French is a pure genius

    MARIAN KEYES
  • A story of redemption and friendship, love and betrayal, it is a work of great strength and beauty

    DAILY MAIL
  • To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she’s simply this: a truly great writer

    GILLIAN FLYNN
  • I’m a big fan of Tana French

    IAN RANKIN

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