I wasn't sure about this book when I first picked it up. I had no idea what this book was about but I was taken in by the book immediately. You have to wonder where Diane got the story line for this book. She brought you in little by little, as if you were there with Margaret. She left you wondering just like Margaret did, making some assumptions wondering if you were right. Although Diane got a little twisted I don't think that it would have made the thirteenth so shocking. Diane really took you into the story. You felt Margaret frustration her excitement in fact all her emotions as she unfolds the thirteenth tale. It defientely was a book you couldn't put down.
The emotions you have while in this book runs from excitement to disgust. You want Margaret to find out but when she does it is quite a secret. If you are not offended by the nature of this book I would recommend it to anyone. Has incest and abuse that some people might find offensive. But it is very hard to put it down. The setting of the story is almost romantic for where the story leads. The writer leads you down a very interesting … more
Dickensian in depth, scope and grandeur with the feminine overtones of Bronte's JANE EYRE, staunchly upper crust British in its attitudes and values, Victorian in flavour and yet deliciously undated and entirely timeless, Diane Setterfield's THE THIRTEENTH TALE is a spectacularly modern gothic murder mystery that will thrill its readers from first page to last. Truly enjoyable literary fiction without the stuffiness or pretentiousness so typical of this genre! … more