A Book A Month (May): The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Thank you to Brianna McClane of Stilettos and Boots for suggesting this book for the Month of May. Like the past two months I started a little late and finished during the next month, but it only took me about 6 days to read, so I’m still counting it. I got the book from Amazon with only 3 days left in the month.

Book Info

Title: The Thirteenth Tale

Author: Diane Setterfield

Pages: 406

Synopsis: We follow a girl, Margaret Lea, who is a lesser-known writer and daughter of a bookshop owner, on a journey of writing a biography of a well-known writer. The well-known writer, Vida Winter, is famous for telling stories, including ones about her personal background. Needless to say,  Margaret goes through life changing trials to figure out who exactly Miss Winter is. There’s Winter and Lea family secrets revealed, private investigations, incest, crazy twins, talk of a the great literature classics, and a bond between women. 

Opinion: It’s a great read. Andrea, a past dreamer, commented how I read books so fast, but I think it’s just because these books I’ve been reading are great works of literature. The Thirteenth Tale captivates the reader and really gets him/her involved in the storyline. Who killed the gardener? Will the doctor find out the uncle is dead? Will we find out what happened to the governess? And then there’s a huge twist in the very last chapters. [I hope I didn’t give too much away right there] Setterfield also does a great job and ending the book. You’re able to finish the book feeling relieved that you find out what happens with all of the characters.

Rating: 10/10. I’m recommending this to everyone. If you love books, investigating, and biographies, you’ll love this book. 

What did you think about the book?


5 thoughts on “A Book A Month (May): The Thirteenth Tale

  1. This is definitely one of my favorites… and it was just a random pick off the shelf, no prior knowledge of the book. Love it when that happens! Too often it goes the other way…

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