The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Monday, Mar 21, 2011
This haunting tale transports the reader into the foggy mists of an English country house that hides many layers of secrets. The heroines of the story are Vida Winter, the most popular novelist of her time; and Margaret Lea, the sheltered bookseller Winter has hired to write the story of her life. Margaret is mesmerized by Vida’s telling of a life of gothic strangeness. At the center is the Angelfield family – beautiful and willful Isabelle, her feral twins, a ghost, a governess and a devastating fire. Margaret is struck by an odd parallel between her story and Vida’s and together they face the ghosts that have haunted them. The audiobook, read by two women portraying the protagonists, was difficult to leave. I was drawn into the story early and was not satisfied until the end. Readers who enjoy gothic tales of England and stories of complex relationships will treasure this surprise bestseller.