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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

4 Ratings: 4.0
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

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Author: Diane Setterfield
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Washington Square Press
4 reviews about The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
review by . August 19, 2009
While author Diane Setterfield pays ample tribute to the Gothic novel in her debut, `The Thirteenth Tale," she fails to fully engage her readers. Its not as if the story isn't interesting--it is. The tale of Angelfield and its strange family are fraught with all manner of things macabre that is the stuff of which the Gothic genre thrives. However, perhaps due to the outer body narration of Ms. Margaret Lea who as a third party conduit has little to do psychologically with the emotional drama contained …
review by . August 04, 2008
I found The Thirteenth Tale to be a delightful, wonderful and haunting tale. The characters of Vida Winter and Margaret Lea are developed in an excellent way that allows the reader to feel as though they know both women. Though Vida is a very complex character, she is also one that the reader can find compassion for and holds a mystery until the very end.    The Thirteenth Tale is a story within a story. In addition, the story follows both Vida's life, as well as Margaret's life …
review by . July 23, 2008
I'm not a hype reader, so I didn't pick up this book until May of 2008, long after it had been hyped and written about all over the web. However I was drawn in by the subject matter (a booklover and writer who is asked to write the biography of a very well known and successful, yet mysteriously private, author).    The style is gothic--similar to a Bronte novel, and so it reads as old-fashioned. There is something of a ghost story, and there is a definitely a suspenseful unraveling …
review by . April 21, 2008
Instantly, I was transported. By story as well as by its telling. Any book lover will know within the first sentence or two, more times than not, and so I knew: treasure. In Diane Setterfield's "The Thirteenth Tale," the reader does not have to choose between intruiging storyline and strong writing. The book is built on both. It has the flavor of old classics, and the comparisons with the Bronte sisters and Daphne du Maurier fit well. Yet Setterfield also manages to achieve her own signature.    &nbs …
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