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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015

The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric story 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 grows healthy and bears fruit only 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....

©2016 Frances Hardinge (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • 09-06-2016

Absolutely a good book. Will listen again.

Where does The Lie Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best

Who was your favorite character and why?

Faith off course.Smart little girl

Have you listened to any of Emilia Fox’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I will

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

At the end. When Faith realize (and accept) that her mother wasn't so bad after all. She just a reasonable slithering snake that tries her best protecting, providing and surviving amid the situation

Any additional comments?

The character of Agatha Lambert is a bit contradicting. She is scientist that believes in ghost - so she needs to shriek when she saw a photos that been modified by Paul? But nevermind that is not by anything lesser the greatness of this book.

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Good story once you understood the plot

interesting plot about a tree that makes you dream and how people influence each other through trees for knowledge