Monday Give Away: THE WITCH ELM

Full disclosure: there’s no witchcraft involved in Tana French’s new stand alone, The Witch Elm, but there is the usual magic of her writing: beautifully drawn characters, a setting so vivid you’re sure you’re there, and a wonderfully twisty plot.

Here’s the official description:

From the writer who “inspires cultic devotion in readers” (The New Yorker) and has been called “incandescent” by Stephen King, “absolutely mesmerizing” by Gillian Flynn, and “unputdownable” (People), comes a gripping new novel that turns a crime story inside out.

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who’s dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life – he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden – and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

A spellbinding standalone from one of the best suspense writers working today, The Witch Elm asks what we become, and what we’re capable of, when we no longer know who we are.

The house, as in all good gothics, is pretty much a character in the book.  So, for a chance to win my ARC of The Witch Elm, here’s your question:

— What’s your favorite fictional house?

(I have so many I can’t choose: Chateau de Valmy in Nine Coaches Waiting, Thornyhold, Misselthwaite Manor in The Secret Garden…. The list goes on and on.)

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. Rachel Adrianna on October 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Oooohhh, how thrilling! My favorite fictional house is either Thornfield Hall from Jane Eyre, Manderley from Rebecca, or Villa Villekulla from Pippi Longstocking 🙂

  2. Carla on October 15, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    The Burrow, in the Harry Potter books 🙂

  3. Maria on October 15, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    So many wonderful fictional houses but the one that is my favorite has to be Green Gables!

  4. Camilla on October 15, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    After a weekend binge of Deborah Harkness books, Sept- Tours is my current fave.

  5. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on October 15, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Ugh… that question is WAY too hard… The Burrow in Harry Potter?

  6. Denise on October 15, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    It’s so hard to choose one, so here are two: Manderley from Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” and more of a plantation, Tara from “Gone With The Wind” by Margaret Mitchell.

  7. DJL on October 15, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Darcy’s Pemberley 🙂

  8. Tara on October 16, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Skye O’Malley’s house in All the Sweet Tomorrows by Bertrice Small. It was a manor house built with rose-colored brick and vines growing up the sides and front.

  9. Jennifer DeWoody on October 16, 2018 at 10:52 am

    My favorite fictional house is a tie between Pemberley and Howards End!

  10. Lesley on October 16, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Pemberley! Especially if it comes with that iconic lake from the miniseries.

  11. Jfh on October 16, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Ashley Court in Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart…the first book of hers I ever read, borrowed from my mom…definitely my ‘gateway drug’ into romantic fiction!

  12. Joan on October 17, 2018 at 10:41 am

    The historic townhouse in Barbara Michael’s Georgetown trilogy. Ammie come Home, Shattered Silk and Stitiches In Time.

  13. Trude Vandine on October 17, 2018 at 10:49 am

    My favorite has always been Thornfield Hall from Jane Eyre

  14. Kim on October 17, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The Burrow from Harry Potter.

  15. Kezia on October 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I definitely have to go with Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice. It’s always been so vivid in my mind.

  16. Debbie Caruso on October 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

    My favorite house in a book is Thurston House in Danielle Steel’s Thurston House.

  17. Gail Morrissey on October 17, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Ma dearly from Rebecca.

  18. Susan Collins on October 17, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Tara, a true Southern house

  19. Gail Morrissey on October 17, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Manderly from Rebecca!

  20. Natalie Wuest on October 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

    The Beast’s castle from beauty and the beast because of that massive library!!

  21. Jillian on October 17, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Definitely Green Gables! I got to visit the “real” one last year! Anne Heaven!

  22. Cadie on October 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

    This ages me but Hogwarts. I love that there are hidden rooms, magical paintings and staircases, and ghosts.

  23. Sheila on October 17, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Pooh’s home inthe tree

  24. Peggy on October 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Tara, hands down.

  25. Lynn on October 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Tara from Gone With the Wind

  26. Melissa Crawford on October 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    So hard to choose. Maybe Manderley from Rebecca, Villa Villekulla in Pippi Longstocking or Gull Cottage in the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Fun fact … did you know that the book that the Ghost was based on was recently re-released thru Vintage Movie Classics with a new forward by Andriana Trigiani.

  27. Dana Damato on October 17, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    The house from the book The House On Haunted Hill.

  28. Connie Roessler on October 17, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Green Gables

  29. Karleen on October 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    O my! This is a tough question! Ma & Pa Ingalls’ Little House on the Prairie!! lol And of course, Bilbo Baggins lovely “hole in the ground.” And I’m glad you mentioned Chateau de Valmy and Manderley! Drogheda from The Thorn Birds. Ok…now I have to get back to work!

  30. Doreen Lamar on October 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    The Burrow in Harry Potter

  31. Abby Chandler on October 17, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Either Jane’s Lantern Hill in LM Montgomery’s Jane of Lantern Hill or Valency’s Blue Castle.

  32. Nancy Veverka on October 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    The House on Tradd Street!!! This book is the first in the Tradd Street series written by Karen White. The novels feature many ghostly encounters in Charleston, SC. Great series and I highly recommend anything Karen White writes!!!

  33. LynnS on October 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    The Parsonage at Woodston, especially if it comes with Henry Tilney!

  34. Eileen Mertens on October 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I’m going with Barron’s Bookstore from the Fever series. He lived there so I’m counting it as a house. 😉

  35. Angel Wells on October 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    My favorite is the house that Noah built for Allie In The Notebook!!!

  36. KatyN on October 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Recently, Val Hall in the Immortals After Dark series!

  37. Laurice McClung on October 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The big house on Frazier’s Ridge

  38. Joanne M. on October 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Thornyhold, by Mary Stewart. I would have chosen Manderley, Thornfield Hall, or Tara, but they burned down! 😉

  39. Rose Kennedy on October 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I have so many but must admit when I’m having a rough time and need to escape the real world for a bit I always go to Pemberly.

  40. Angie on October 17, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Since you just said fictional, I’m going with the house in the movie version of Practical Magic. That stillroom!!

  41. DeeAnna on October 17, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    The March family home from Little Women. It was the first house that came to mind. It was not grand, but it was always full of love. They had such a strong family bond, even through all of their struggles. When I think of my favorite house, that’s where I want to be.

  42. Wendy on October 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I love the way Lisa Jewell describes the homes in Girls in the Garden. Such detail about each family’s home and how the common areas connected them all.

  43. Lauren on October 17, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    My favorite house from a novel is the Bishop house from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness but my favorite house from TV is the Halliwell Manor on Charmed.

  44. Adeia on October 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Valancy and Barney’s Blue Castle in L.M.Montgomery’s The Blue Castle – who doesn’t want a cottage on a wooded island?

  45. Dianne Casey on October 17, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Tara from Gone With the Wind. Love the Antebellum South.

  46. Linda Lukachek on October 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Definitely Tara. But I could also live in the Biltmore, but not sure that was ever in a book.

  47. Barbara khan on October 18, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I love Rebecca so I’ll say Manderly.

  48. Missy on October 18, 2018 at 10:53 am

    When I was a child I always wished the professor’s country house in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was real so I could find the spare room and visit Narnia.

  49. Pam on October 18, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    OH MY GOD GIMME, I’m so excited that all I can do is grasp at 1) Manderley, 2) Thornfield (without the mad wife in the attic pls), 3) Pemberley, and 4) Whitethorn House in Thr Likeness. I’m sure there are others but I’m just way too excited about new Tana French to gather myself.

  50. Cherie Gravette on October 19, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    The Baxter Family home in the Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury. Thanks for this chance!

  51. Annmarie Weeks on October 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I’d pick Jay Gatsby’s house!

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