The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is an adult fiction novel.

Vida Winter’s is one of the most popular writers in the world, but her life is a mystery. Many have sought to interview her and the stories they have left with have been just as varied as her books. Now Vida Winter’s is sick and old and, in her way, she is ready to unburden herself.

In steps Margaret Lea, a young woman stuck in the pain of her own past, who is all but summoned to Winter’s estate in order to hear her story. Margaret is hesitant to take on this task, what with Winter’s propensity for fiction, but ultimately is intrigued by the story.

As Winters begins to reveal the secrets of her past, Margaret becomes entranced in the story and through her interviews and research she will uncover the truth… the truth about the reclusive Vida Winters and the truth within herself. Together, Vida Winters and Margaret will overcome the ghosts of their past.

This was such a wonderful read. It really pulls you in and is almost impossible to put down. I read Setterfield’s Once Upon a River, which I loved and decided to give this one a try. I can’t decide which is my favorite; my answer would probably change day-by-day.

What I loved about this book was that you really wanted to know the truth right alongside Margaret. You wanted to uncover how the various strings tied together. You wanted to finish the tale. And when you finally find get the full story, it is just so satisfying. And for those of you who like clean endings, where every little details is wrapped up, you get it. This is probably why this one loses half a star from me because there was a moment that would have been such a perfect ending, that I sort of got annoyed when the book continued.

Setterfield shows her love for books and writing in every page of this novel. The story flows so well and the writing is amazing. This one gets a high 4.5 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Author: MarandaLee

Children's Librarian. Connoisseur of all things bookish.

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