There are moments in history when everything we thought we knew seems threatened. One of these moments was when Galilleo discovered that the earth revolved around the sun another was the publication of Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’. This is the backdrop for ‘The Lie Tree’, a slightly gothic murder mystery. Faith has always been a dutiful daughter but inside she craves to be a scientist and be recognised for her mind. Out of desperation her father shows her a specimen, the Lie Tree. The next day he is found dead. Faith is determined to find out who killed her father. Hardinge evokes the world beautifully and the novel resonates with complexity. It is a little slow at the beginning but persist because it is well worth it, though I would only recommend it for more competent readers.
Age recommendation: 14+