Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Rosie's Avid Readers

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”


Avid Reader’s thoughts

A well written story about a biography with twins. The mystery then starts.  As the story teller says  “Start at the beginning, have a middle and an end, no peeping”.  The whole tale carefully unravels, excellent reading.

Book Description

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise — she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.

Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story.

Both women will have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets… and the ghosts that haunt them still.

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14 thoughts on “Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

  1. Excellent review. I read this book years ago and love it so much, I recommended it to my book club. I didn’t want the story to end. So much intrigue and mystery. It wasn’t till the end when the last piece of the puzzle is revealed that I began to breathe and even then, I was still enthralled. Lots to think about in this book. Loved it. ❤


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