Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale

by Diane Setterfield 

A partial synopsis from Good Reads:  A love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.

My thoughts:  I loved this book!  It is the tale of Vida Winter, a renowned and prolific author, who has asked Margaret to write her biography.  Before agreeing to the commission, Margaret searches for clues to Vida's birth and childhood, but no records can be found.  Upon her arrival at the author's country home, Vida promises to give three pieces of information about herself that are publicly documented.  Once Margaret completes that initial research, she chooses to write and is mesmerized by the story of twin girls with blazing red hair and brilliant green eyes.  I think my favorite character is probably John the Dig, but I also loved the Missus.

I was a little sad when this book ended.  What a great guessing game of ghosts and family secrets!  'Definitely reading more from Diane Setterfield!

What have you been reading?

;-)  -Marci


  1. Marci, this is one of my favorite book cub reads! I thought the twists and turns were so fun! Zenda

  2. I loved this book, too! Thanks for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party!


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