The Lie Tree
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... show more
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 . . .
Publish date: 2015-05-07
Publisher: MacMillan Children's Books
Pages no: 417
Edition language: English
After the awesomeness that was Cuckoo Song, I was fully expecting to love The Lie Tree. I did not. I hyped myself up, and set myself up for disappointment. Not bitter disappointment. More a general listless deflated feeling. Woe is me. The story is interesting and the writing is good. Hardinge is ...
A tree that feeds with lies and a mysterious death, just what a book needs to intrigue me. 'The Lie Tree' has a great plot, but not such a great beginning. What I didn’t enjoy about this book is the fact that the first few chapters are really slow-paced, so I was afraid that it won’t work for me and...
I absolutely loved this book. Just sunk into it each winter night with so much happiness. It's a dreary, creepy, mysterious world, full of old bones and suspicious locals and sea caves and private papers full of secrets. I loved the intersection of religion and science and the guile of the main ...
Seriously trippy story about a young Victorian woman, her family going through a grim time, exiled to a gothic island, and how she is good at things, but isn’t permitted to do anything because of sexism, and how she finds ways to circumvent that in order to solve a puzzle when there isn’t anyone els...
It was good but ultimately somewhat unsatisfying.I'm not sure if it's the hype that moves this to a 3.5 closer to 3 rather than a 4 star book. It's an interesting idea, a tree that grows from lies received from one person and the bigger the lie the better the vision of truth. But this tale of a gir...