Author: Frances Hardinge
Published Date: May 10th, 2016
Length: 400 pages
Genres: Supernatural, Mystery, Historical
Age Group: Young Adults, Middle Grades
* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.
In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree only bears fruit when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder—or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself.
Okay, if that synopsis and the awesome cover (gush) aren’t pulling enough, then probably nothing is.
Because this book is definitely a pulling enthrallment that can make your hair stand up.
The Lie Tree is a wonderfully alluring read. It’s a book full of mystery secrets, with dark atmosphere and gripping adventures. Faith, our protagonist, is at that moment in time where she is “clumsily rocking between childhood and adulthood”. Faith’s inner thoughts were constantly at war, torn between what she supposed to do and not to, how she should act and think. Frances Hardinge created a fascinating personality for Faith, and I greatly enjoy spending those time of curling up on the couch, experience what she is “experiencing”.
“It could be kindness. Faith felt hollow at the thought. She had needed kindness before, and had received none. Now it was too late, and she did not know what to do with it.”
The story is absolutely captivating, with many twists and turns that can bring anyone on the edge of their chairs. The writing is sharp and pure enchanting, and the character developments are weaved into the story in such a faultlessly way. This is one of those books that play with your mind and make you second guess yourself, and finished it give me an amazing feeling of satisfaction. This is the book that would tell you, “Trust me, I’m lying.”
“I want to be a bad example.”
Although being placed under Children Fiction, this book can definitely tempt people of all ages. It’s an amazing page-turner and a deeply-touched lesson of childhood. I highly recommend it!