Friday, January 11, 2013

The Thirteenth Tale

This week I'm sharing with you The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Here's what the summary on the back says:

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness - featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

This book was GREAT. It took me a while to read because I found myself with very little down time to read, but I couldn't help but take every couple minutes I had to read a couple pages. The characters were really great. There was so many twists and surprises, I never knew what was going to happen next. Just when I thought I may have it figured out, I discovered I was WRONG.

I urge you to read this book. I give it 4.8 out of 5. EXCELLENT.

1 comment:

Shoshanah said...

I have read several good reviews of this one. Definitely think it's one I'd love to pick up at some point.