Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

This was another book club book and counts for Reading Bingo as a book with a number in the title. It also counts as a New Author and Debut Novel on Full House.
The Thirteenth Tale
Atrium Books

When Vida Winters, the best selling novelist, contacts Margaret Lea to write her biography, Margaret is surprised. True, she writes biographies of dead authors, but to write a living author's biography, Margaret is not sure, however she reads one of Winters' books, The Thirteen Tales, with only twelve tales, and she is intrigued. Mrs. Winters promises to tell Margaret the truth and to reveal the elusive thirteenth tale and that begins a story, part ghost story, part Gothic novel about twins. Both Mrs. Winters and Margaret are drawn to the idea of twins, both through tragedy, and as Mrs. Winters tells the story of Adeline and Emmeline March, her story, the truth of both Margaret's life and Mrs. Winters' life are finally told, but it may be too much for either of them to bare. How does one go on without the other half?

Wow, this was a twisting, turning, wonderful read! You do feel like you are reading Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and several classics rolled into one and you will not guess all the ends of the plot. Once a huge twist is revealed, you have to go through and rethink the whole book and like Margaret at the end of the Thirteenth Tales, you are going to feel like the story should go on. This book was awesome for discussion and every single person in our book club loved it. 5 cups of cocoa and I will be hunting down her next book soon!

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