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The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2006, 416 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2007, 432 pages

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Stacy

The beginning
It is a book that was well written and very imaginative in its telling, but the beginning of the novel is a bit dry and long-winded in it description.
Charla Wilson

A twist around every corner
Ahhh! I do not really know where to begin in reviewing this book because there are so very many great things to be said about it. The first thing that comes to mind, are the many different paths that it takes the reader down. It will keep you guessing for all 708 glorious pages. Just when you think you have something figured out, there comes along another unforeseen twist.

The characters are awesome! Each of them have such depth that they become real and leap from the pages right into your reality. This story is being narrated by a lovely girl named Margaret. Margaret is a bibliophile, a biographer, and in a way she is also a detective. She is writing the life story of the world's most beloved authoress, Ms Winter. Along the way, Margaret gets herself caught in to the mysterious past of Ms Winters. Not only is Margaret writing the biography , but she is also trying to solve the mystery that she has gotten herself mixed up in. All the while she is lost in Ms Winter's story, she is also dealing with her own personal demons.

You will form many, many questions along the way, but not to worry because they will all be answered in the end. Don't you just hate to read a book that leaves you hanging? Well, The Thirteenth Tale will not do that. Every mystery that is uncovered during this story will be answered.

You will not be disappointed with this book! It has something new to discover around every corner!
Consuelo

The Thirteenth Tale
I am an avid book reader and this book is by far one of my favorites. I could hardly wait until my day was winding down so I could pick it back up and read until my eyes were heavy! The characters were very well thought out and described so wonderfully that I was easily able to picture them in my head. It has been about 2 months since I read it and have read several more books since then, but this one exceeds them all.
Tammy Vanek

Fantastic Book
It has been 2 weeks and 2 books later that I cannot quit thinking about this book. It was not just the wonderful story itself but how it was told and presented for readers. I was so disappointed today to find out that the author has not written another book. I hope she does produce something soon. It was a fantastic book. Thank you Ms. Setterfield.
Power Reviewer Elizabeth

Great read
I recommend this to everyone who asks.

Great read...gothic, murder, mystery, twists and turns.

Vida Winters tells a great tale that will keep you interested non-stop. You don't want it to end. Loved the characters.

You will be confused and think you have it figured out and then ah ha....you were wrong.

I loved this book...I would put it in the same category as the classic: Rebecca
CJ

Totally absorbing
This book is a mystery within a mystery. Strange and tragic, yet so compelling, I wanted more. I hope the author will write more!
Siska

This book makes me curious
This is the first time I read the book by Diane. I know it from Cosmo references and buy that 3 days later. I'm not directly read that. But the next week after arrive in Norway to visit my husband. And finally, never loose even one word. This book makes me so curious. I declare the thirteenth tale is one of the greatest books I ever read.
Diana

My Favorite Book Ever
I loved this book from start to finish. Great story, well written, entertaining. My favorite book ever. Can't wait for the next one.
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