Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Vida Winter is the country’s favourite author, but no one really knows anything about her.  That’s the way she has wanted it.  Until now.

When Miss Winter’s letter arrives in the post asking her to write her biography, Margaret Lea isn’t sure if she wants to do it.  All her work up until now has focused on dead people.  Although Margaret’s life is full of books, there are not many people in it.  However, that’s the way she likes it.

Tentatively she agrees to the commission and travels to Yorkshire, to the home of the author, where she will stay as she undertakes the interviews she will need to write the book.  But as Vida Winter reveals the life she has kept hidden for over fifty years, Margaret finds that she is going to learn about her own story too.

The Thirteenth Tale is not usually the type of book that I read, but I am so glad that I did.

Although I found the story slow to get moving initially, when it did finally pick up the pace, I couldn’t stop reading.  I was pulled into the narrative so quickly and so deeply – quite unexpectedly – and soon I found myself completely lost.

It is quite a moving tale in parts, one that reminds us that things are not always as they seem.  The characters were interesting and the storyline engrossing.  It is such a clever, well-written story, that I couldn’t help but love it.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Thirteenth Tale and look forward to reading more from this author.  Highly recommended.

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