Release Date: 7th May, 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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The leaves were cold and slightly clammy. There was no mistaking them. She had seen their likeness painstakingly sketched in her father's journal. This was his greatest secret, his treasure and his undoing. The Tree of Lies. Now it was hers, and the journey he had never finished stretched out before her.
When Faith's father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets. The bigger the lie, and the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered.
But as Faith's untruths spread like wildfire across her small island community, she discovers that sometimes a single lie is more potent than any truth.
The Lie Tree is a fantastically creepy tale from one of my all-time favourite authors. A historical fantasy with a compelling female protagonist, The Lie Tree tells the story of Faith, a young girl who moves with her family from England to the island of Vane. Faith’s father, both a man of the church and a man of science, is found dead not long after the family arrive on Vane, unfurling a story that is a thriller and a murder mystery with added elements of gothic horror. It is also in so many ways a story about women; women who are ambitious and cunning, women who act within the limits of their position in society to better themselves and their families, women who manipulate and subvert stereotypes. If you look carefully you can even notice the Biblical themes that run throughout the novel, most notably with the Tree itself symbolising the Tree of Knowledge and Faith as an Eve who is self-aware and empowered in her actions. Continue reading