The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

Original book title: The Thirteenth Tale
Author: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Orion, 408 pages
Year of publication2006
Format: Hardcover
Language: English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time and when I finally did I was not disappointed! This novel is well written, mysterious and beautiful at the same time.The story is about Margaret Lea a biographer who unexpectedly receives a letter from the popular author Vida Winters. Winters wants Margaret to write not just her life story, but also write the truth about her childhood and all its dark secrets. Before going and seeing Winters Margaret is reading one of the author’s books called Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation, but she is surprised to find that it contains only twelve stories…

This book is slow in a good way. It is full of surprises and mystery. I found myself being caught up in page after page of well-written family drama. Diane Setterfield writing is delicious and she is a very good storyteller (which in my opinion is sometimes more important than being a good writer). There were some very slow parts, but the plot makes up for it.

If you like mysteries surrounding family drama and a book that keeps you guessing then this book is for you.