Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015. The Lie Tree is a
wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hardinge,
award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Faith's
father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as
she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a
strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you
whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will
deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger
the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that
is uncovered. The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that
the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins
to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community.
But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where
lies seduce, truths shatter . . .
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Dark and menacing with twists
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 | Review by: Sue H
Dark and menacing, The Lie Tree is a complex and eerie mix of historical fiction, murder mystery, thriller and dark fantasy. I found the story deeply compelling, which carried me through the slow parts (the tree only made its appearance halfway through the book). But it was worth the wait. The tree brought with it several dark, unexpected twists.
The story is told through the eyes of Faith, who constantly pushes the extremely tight boundaries constricting feminism in Victorian England. Not necessarily the most reliable narrator, but certainly the most adventurous. Faith is both clever and sly. The perfect combination when one needs to manipulate events… which don’t always go as she planned.
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