Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

This is my second alternate for the TBR challenge (seems that I'm liking my alternate list more than my original list) and I've been wanting to read this for some time. It started off slow for me...I couldn't quite warm up to the story that the author was creating and kept wondering where it was going. But I'm SO glad that I continued on with it because I ended up really enjoying this book. The Thirteenth Tale is two stories: the story of Margaret Lea, an amauteur biographer who is battling her own past, and of Vida Winter, a famous writer who has kept her past hidden from anyone and everyone, until now. Because now she has employed Margaret to write her biography ensnaring her by promising to finally tell the "truth" about her past. These two stories will merge together and allow the truth of both of these women's pasts to come out once and for all. Most definitely a worthwhile read!!
Challenges: TBR Challenge, A-Z Challenge ("S" Author)
My Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. You said the exact same thing that I did when I wrote up my review of this book: that it was way slow in the beginning. I think it took me two weeks to get past the first half of the book, which for me, is forever! But once I jumped that hurdle, I was able to move through it quickly. I enjoyed the story.

  2. Glad I'm not the only one that felt this way!!!

  3. I'm always glad when people warn me that a book is slow in the beginnig, but to stick with it. There are books I would not have finished without this warning, the end up being gems. Thanks!

    I seem to be liking my alternative list better this year too.

    BTW, I just realized that I didn't have a link on my blog, to yours. I just remidied that.

  4. Teddy Rose- I must admit that I almost put this one down but am now glad that I didn't. BTW- I linked to your blog because I always find suggestions to add to my TBR there :)

  5. I understand what you mean about liking your alternative list better; I seem to be changing all of the books I'm reading for most of my challenges this year. And I'm bummed about the ones that do not allow changes! Ahh!

    Thanks for stopping by - "The Pilot's Wife" was my first by Anita Shreve, and probably not my last. "The Pact" was AMAZING! I had heard lots of wonderful things about Jodi Picoult and was stunned to see that I agreed with every good word from others (usually I disagree with the majority!).

  6. Tara, I recommend My Sister's Keeper by Piccoult and Light on Snow or The Weight of Water by Shreve. Good luck on your challenges!

  7. I've been meaning to read this book for months now, but have kept pushing it aside. I'm glad I read your review, and that you enjoyed it. Maybe I'll make this book more of a priority.


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