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Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy - a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.
In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder - or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself. Frances Hardinge is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, which earned five starred reviews.
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By Inky on 10-21-17
Terrible narrator and Boring philosophical rambling
The reader: One of the worst readers ever, her voices do not change for characters and her accent sounds like an American trying to fake what they think a British accent sounds like with the atrocious way she emphasizes every single syllable of a word to stress a British accent.
There's really not much story to begin with, the plot is really minimally developed: Clever Heroine (Faith) paired with rival-attraction boy set out to solve the mystery of her father's (The Reverend) death. Both are piled into a plot of supposed mystery and intrigue as they are faced with the gutter snipes and wealthy classes.
The murderer's backstory and
motivation for why they unreserved faith's father was a little interesting, but the story so overladen with droll metaphors and philosophical musings that by the story's climax you feel less surprised and just flatly like: oh I guess that works, type of feeling.
Faith is probably the most frustrating of all bc she is a whiny sneaky little smart Alec that I really couldn't find any connection with her as a reader. She's more than a little self-conceited (always thinking she is more cleverer than 99.9% of most of the characters she is forced to interact with *with the exception of her father that I just couldn't like her.
The rest of the characters seem to fall flat, despite all their backstories or idiosyncrasies described in the book and seem more as simple background or prop pieces that are forcibly forced into the story who's sole existences are only a means to inject some progress into propelling the story onwards at its snail pace.
With that being said I returned this book, and recommend a "Face like Glass" instead
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