The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
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…
I waited far too long to read this book but it was well worth it! A combination of mystery and the supernatural, adventure and resilience, the book really gripped me from the very start. Faith is a true pioneer who keeps going, striving for what is right despite the fact that the odds are stacked against her. Born into an age where women were not welcomed into scientific debate, Faith’s curiosity and intelligence is not valued, and is, in fact, discouraged and dismissed. But this just makes here all the more determined to uncover the truth. A really great read that you won’t want to put down!