What if nature wanted revenge? In this fast paced fantasy we find out what happens when we don’t listen to nature’s warnings.
Flora Reed discovers a lifeless body in her front yard the morning after the last day of her junior year of high school. Matters get worse when more people from her small town are found dead under mysterious circumstances and police take an interest in the boy next door, Carl. Flora is convinced that Carl is innocent. Instead, she suspects that the deaths are somehow connected to her younger sister Fauna’s tragic accident a year earlier. What she learns changes everything, and she has to race against time to prevent the killings from spreading. Flora and a small group of friends soon find themselves at the onset of an apocalyptic battle between man and nature, with no one believing their story.
I got the chance to read an early copy of The Lightning Tree and I love a good sister story. I grew up an only child and any time I get a chance to read about sisterhood I take it. This book is a beautifully tragic look into the bond sisters carry. The dual prospectives kept me wondering as one sister was lost in her own mind and the other was frantically trying to figure out what was going on. The play on names for Flora and Fauna made perfect sense as the story unfolded and we learned what secrets her family was hiding.
I really appreciated the focus on nature and her power. It was an eerie look into what would happen if nature “spoke” out against us. Parts of this really read like a murder mystery and I enjoyed that aspect of the story.
Flora and Carl’s relationship was a slow burn that made my heart ache! He was the boy next door that was the only friend Flora had. At times he felt like her protector, but as the murders start you’re left wondering if he can be trusted.
Once the action started it didn’t stop. This was a very fast paced book and I flew through the second half. As secrets were revealed I found myself needing to know more. The short chapters from Fauna were really beautiful and reminded me of poetry. They also carried clues to the story that led me to the next chapter keeping me from being able to put this book down.
The ending really got me. There are still so many questions I have and I look forward to continuing on in the series to find out where this story goes. Thank you to Katie Garland for the advanced copy of this magical book.