The cover is what caught my attention and after reading the blurb I decided to give it a go and though it started off on the slow side for me, in the end I found it to be a nice a little murder mystery with a dash of fantasy thrown into the mix.
Faith is a fourteen year old is that awkward age where she isn’t quite a woman, but no longer a child, though her mother, who she is unable to connect with, keeps her firmly in the child side of the line. She is expected to be seen but not heard, which is quite vexing for her since she has a mind that is interested in everything but that all changes the night her father is found dead and she starts her own hunt for his murderer. I liked Faith. She’s intelligent, loves her baby brother and when push comes to shove is quite quick on her feet. I also liked how we see her mature throughout the story and comes to realize that not everything was as she thought.
The beginning of the story started off a bit slow for me as we were settled into the world and were introduced to what was going on and the characters that we would be spending time with, but I enjoyed being in Faith’s head and seeing the world through her eyes. The pace picked up once Faith starts on her hunt for her father’s murderer and I must admit that I didn’t figure out who it was until it was revealed. The Lie Tree, or Mendacity Tree, and it’s purpose was actually quite interesting and gave the story a nice touch of fantasy as well as a bit of a moral lesson to all.
~ ARC provided by ABRAMS Kids via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Frances Hardinge spent her childhood in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and the two things inspired her to write strange, magical stories from an early age. She studied English at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford, England.