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 . . .
This book was a bit of a slow starter although has an imaginative and unique plot with plenty of twists and turns. I did feel that there was a lot of ‘fluff’ which added to the slowness of the book; I do, however, love the main character Faith and how she questions the world and what she knows despite the restrictions of being a woman in her time. As a STEM girl myself, it makes me glad I didn’t live in those times.
Faith was a well-built character able to question her morals and think for herself. It was nice to see her thoughts developing and although rash, mature. The world saw her as a young girl hidden in the shadow but we know the truth. I like the way she challenges social norms and the way Hardinge incorporated the supernatural into the time period in a unique but brilliant way.
It shows that Hardinge did her research into the time period as you could tell it was set in those times. I was however disappointed that the cover depicted a scary story but alas it was not as scary as I hoped. That’s what I get for judging a book by it’s cover.
A good read if you can preserver through the first few chapters which are a bit slow and fluffy. But nonetheless, an imaginative and unique plot with plenty of twists and turns.