The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

This is the perfect-stay-at-home-on-a-rainy-day-read.  A beautifully written gothic tale set in modern day England is mesmerizing until the very end.


The story starts off with Margaret who with her father is the owner of a antique bookstore.  She is a novice biographer when she's asked by the famous and reclusive author Vida Winter to write her biography.  Ms. Winter never gives interviews so Margaret is both excited and intrigued when she is chosen for this endeavor.  Once Margaret meets the solitary author she realizes that although she was invited, her task is nothing but easy.  Ms. Winter is a reluctant subject giving up very little and guarding her secrets. It is Margaret's job to dig deeper to discover the truth of this mysterious woman's past.


One of my favorite books I've read this year.  If you loved Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier then I would recommend this book as it is written in a very similar style.  Creepy enough for chills but not over the top.  A thoroughly satisfying read.


How I acquired this book:  Purchased at Book Passage, San Francisco

Shelf life:  Approximately a year and a half.