Book: The Thirteenth Tale
Author: Diane Setterfield
Published: 12 September 2006
Publisher: Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Date Read: 3 May 2015
Source: Personal. physical copy
Genre/My Rating: Gothic Fiction/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.93
Awards: Dylis Award Nominee (2007), ALA Alex Award (2007), The Quill Award for Debut Author (2007).
Other Books by Author: Bellman and Black: A Ghost Story (10 October 2013)
Review: I have been in a serious 2-month reading slump and I am not sure of what caused my lack of interest in reading. Fortunately, Frenchiedee gave me some great advice and my reading slump is now over. Didi recommended that I pick up something light and fun to read. While pondering her suggestion, I remembered that I have always enjoyed reading books about books and I looked through my list of books to read and I noticed that The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield had been on my list for quite a long time. I picked the book up and was mesmerized from the very first sentence.
Vida Winter, England’s prolific and much loved author, contacts Margaret Lea, bookshop clerk and obscure biographer, mysteriously though a letter left on the steps of the bookshop one evening. In this letter, Ms. Winter asks Margaret to serve as her biographer. The book starts with a mystery and mysteries run throughout this gothic tale of lies, deceit, shadows, and ghosts. The Thirteenth Tale is so rich with a substantive plot and intricate subplots which leave the reader voraciously consuming the words and flipping the pages. Setterfield masterfully hooks the reader from the first page and propels them toward a breath-taking conclusion.