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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

ISBN: 978-0-7528-8167-6
Publisher: Orion Books Ltd
Website: www.orionbooks.co.uk
Copyright © Diane Setterfield 2006
456 Pages, Paperback

I started reading and immediately liked Margaret Lea the narrator. There was something in her quiet manner that reached out through the pages of the book, took my hand and gently lead me through the history of Angelfield House and the story of Vida Winter.

Vida is an author coming to the end of her life and wishes to have her biography written. She wants to “tell the truth” as she puts it. Margaret is her biographer. As the tale unfolds you are drawn into the dark places and secrets of Vida’s childhood and consequent to those revelations, you are entrusted with Margaret’s own secrets and fears.

The prose was magical to me, quite beautiful, and put me in mind of a modern day Jane Austen. Descriptions and characters were so well written that I can still see them now.

My opinion - A ghost story. A mystery. A love story. Whatever you choose to call it, this was a book that was recommended to me by quite a few people, well they were all dead right. A great story and a wonderful experience.


  1. Glad you loved this book, I did too!! It's one I could read over again and catch things I missed the first time!

  2. Yes, I think it might well be a re-read for me too.


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My name is Jac, Jacquie, Jacquelynn, TheBookImp or just Imp. I live in the UK. I love to read as is probably obvious. I also like to write. Anything else you would like to know just ask.

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