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Books to make time for - Part 4

Part 4 of my "Books to make time for" feature is here!

The fourth book I'd like to feature is: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

I picked this book out of a freebie box someone brought to work to give away, as they were moving to Australia and couldn't take everything with them. I'm so glad no-one got to it before I did!

What is it about?

Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has never been forthcoming when it comes to her past. Her entire life is a secret, and for fifty years reporters and biographers have attempted to discover the truth. With her health quickly fading, Ms. Winter enlists a bookish amateur biographer named Margaret Lea to bear witness to the tragic story of the Angelfield family, their eccentric beginnings as well as their demise. Margaret, who has family secrets of her own, must unravel the mysteries of the past in order to reconcile not only Miss Winter with her ghosts, but also Margaret with her own. [from wikipedia]

Why should you make time for it?

The author makes no pretences to the fact that this book takes every famous gothic novel she's ever enjoyed and mixes them all into one furious pot of mystery, tension and creepiness. It's the honesty of the references that makes this book so great, you can just sit back and wonder how all the plots will intertwine - and when you think you've guessed it, something else will come along. No, it's not original, but it is great fun!

You might like this if you like...

18th Century gothic novels, atmospheric surroundings, mystery

This book is similar to:

Jane Eyre, The Turn of the Screw, Rebecca

Where can you get it?

Find it at Amazon

3 comments

  1. Well you've certainly got me interested. I may buy a copy just before I leave.

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  2. Adored this novel! Glad I found your site through twitter :)

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  3. Yay for Twitter! I'll be checking out your site shortly too :D

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