The Lie TreeBook - 2016
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal. She discovers a tree that bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it-- and the fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth. Does the tree hold the key to her father's murder? Or will it lead the murderer to Faith herself?
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: There's a scene in which Faith's father rejects her dreams of being a scholar that is just crushing.
Violence: Murder and attempted murder. One incident of family violence. A non-graphic scene of a "ratting" fight between 14 rats and a dog.
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“All the while the air softly hummed with murmured lies.
There were kind lies. You still look beautiful. I love you. I forgive you.
There were frightened lies. Someone else just have taken it Of course I am Anglican. I never saw that baby before.
There were predatory lies. Buy this tonic if you want your child to recover. I will look after you. Your secret is safe with me.
Half-lies, and the tense little silences where a truth should have been. Lies like knives, lies like poultices. The tiger’s stripe, and the fawn’s dusky dapple. And everywhere, everywhere, the lies that people told themselves. Dreams like cut flowers, with no nourishing root. Will-o’-the-wisp lights to make them less alone in the dark. Hollow resolutions and empty excuses.” -- pg. 347
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