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There are two heroines here: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young, unworldly, bookish girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop. Vida has been confounding her biographers and fans for years by giving everybody a different version of her life, each time swearing it's the truth. Because of a biography that Margaret has written about brothers, Vida chooses Margaret to tell her story, all of it, for the first time. At their initial meeting, the conversation begins:
"You have given nineteen different versions of your life story to journalists in the last two years alone."
She [Vida] shrugged. "It's my profession. I'm a storyteller."
"I am a biographer, I work with facts."
The game is afoot and Margaret must spend some time sorting out whether or not Vida is actually ready to tell the whole truth. There is more here of Margaret discovering than of Vida cooperating wholeheartedly, but that is part of Vida's plan. The transformative power of truth informs the lives of both women by story's end, and The Thirteenth Tale is finally and convincingly told. --Valerie Ryan
Really good book, very well written, great characters and story lines.
The Thirteenth Tale is a debut novel by Diane Setterfield that pays respect to predecessor gothic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca.
The story though has too many predictable plot lines and overly dramatic behavior and endings for characters.
I loved every minute of this book. Masterfully written, engaging and entertaining til the end. I would highly recommend it.Published 1 day ago by DoU
I was surprised that The Thirteenth Tale didn't pique my interest more. I chose to listen to the audiobook version which featured two great narrators but the book just never hooked... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Woodstock68
Very good book could not put it down. Looking forward to reading more by this author. I strongly recommend itPublished 2 days ago by valerie
Though it is not your typical ghost story, this was one of the best ghost stories I've ever read!Published 2 days ago by Miss Bee
Interesting, a good twist to a well told tale. Kept me guessing until the very end. I enjoyed the read.Published 8 days ago by Elizabeth West
Engaging. The story flowed from beginning to end. I really like the way it was written and attention to detail. Do not want to discuss the plot and give the ending away!!Published 9 days ago by Susan