23592175The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

This is a book about secrets and lies, and the truths they both can conceal. Set in Victorian England, on a remote island, this is a dark mystery that concerns science, academic research, and the quest of a daughter to find out who killed her father.

The setting is brilliantly captured, with the island location providing a remoteness and isolation from mainland life and governance. There are also wonderful scenes of scientific and anthropological research described in a way that makes you feel like you are living in Oxford’s Pitt Rivers museum.This is a thriller, pitted with danger and intrigue that will keep you guessing to the very last pages. The last pages being when you finally learn that it is no accident that Faith is a girl intent on discovering the truth – a beautiful mirror image to the secret of what happened to her father.

I’ve been a fan of Frances Hardinge’s work since I first read the disturbing and utterly captivating Cuckoo Song and this again is another brilliant story, told in a uniquely intriguing way.