07 September 2011

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I really enjoyed this book. I had seen many recommendations for it when a friend surprised me and sent me a copy as a gift.
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
The book is set in York and that endeared it to me all the more. Margaret Lea is the somewhat lonely and very bookish daughter of the owner of a bookstore. Vida Winters is a contemporary author whose talent for weaving stories has led her to tell differing versions of her life story. This is exactly what brings the two women together.

Suspense abounds and holds the reader mesmerized in an attempt to come to the realization of the truth, hand-in-hand with Margaret. This book of mystery comes together without Setterfield tricking the reader as she unravels a lifetime in order for a true biography to be written.

This selection includes: mystery, love, loss, tragedy, healing, forgiveness. I found it spell-binding.


  1. I have this book on my shelf. I hoped it would be good. It's about time I'm spellbound! Thanks for the review.

  2. Julie, I really enjoyed it. The pace was practically perfect and caused me to wish to continue reading. It was fun to be reading about a writer who was given a chance to write about a writer! I hope you'll find the perfect time to begin reading it!


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