The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, a review

The Thirteenth TaleBook:  The Thirteenth Tale

Author:  Diane Setterfield

Published:  12 September 2006

Publisher:  Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster

Date Read:  3 May 2015

Format: Softcover

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.

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