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Thursday, 28 May 2009

DIANE SETTERFIELD - The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
this book has been listed on a lot of reading lists and was able to get it from my local library.

A biographer is asked to write a story of Vida Winter, a best selling reclusive novelist.

Vida has been an enigma for many years and no-one knows the truth of her life.

Margaret, the biographer, is determined to find the truth, and she is able to uncover the true facts of Vida's life.

Good story and a bit Gothic you could say - themes being bad family blood; identical twins; mysteries etc.

As you get through the tale, you realise that there is another person hovering in the background, and Margaret realises that instead of 2 girls in the story (twins) Adeline and Emmeline, there is another girl, who it turns out is the child of the twins father and one of his liasons.

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