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The Thirteenth Tale

4 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Diane Setterfield

Settle down to enjoy a rousing good ghost story with Diane Setterfield's debut novel,The Thirteenth Tale. Setterfield has rejuvenated the genre with this closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths. … see full wiki

Author: Diane Setterfield
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Atria
4 reviews about The Thirteenth Tale
review by . May 27, 2007
I typically shy away from "best sellers." I am glad I fell into the flock with this one. Setterfield's writing skills are lovely. I enjoyed her style and tone - well written!     The story itself is an interesting gothic tale of an eccentric family with plenty of secrets. At times, I felt that Setterfield tried to incorporate too many dysfunctional family elements - it was a bit too much icing - -but I suppose, actually, familes such as these slip on the slope of crazy behavior. …
review by . December 08, 2006
The real beauty of this book is the superb writing. The words sem almost magical, and they immediately trap you into this story. All through the book you wonder whether or not the old woman telling the story is, in fact, telling the truth or just making up a tale. Sometimes the writing is so excellent, you don't really care; you just want to go on reading! There is suspense and mystery, and a bit of the supernatural (possibly) in the book, but everything makes sense in the end, and all of the plot …
review by . December 04, 2006
Margaret Lea has been chosen by the reknowned novelist Vida Winter to document/write her life story. Margaret approaches the task with none of the excitement that would be exhibited by most writers...and rightfully so. For Margaret--the reclusive, only child of a bookstore owner and his eccentric wife--is much more comfortable writing about those long dead; additionally, she has no interest in fiction and had never read any of Vida Winter's work. But soon she does, and finds her novels surprisingly …
review by . September 26, 2006
A true gothic novel in the style of the Bronte sisters, Setterfield's debut features a narrator who lives mostly in her imagination, through the books she voraciously devours. Margaret Lea writes occasional short biographies of obscure, long-dead people and helps her father run a quiet, dusty antiquarian bookshop, where most of their time is spent reading. Until the events of this novel, she never read anything more recent than the 19th century.     "The reason is simple: I prefer …
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