Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

I finished this last night. I tried not to, I really did, because I knew that once I had turned the last page, I’d never experience the joy of reading this wonderful story for the first time ever again. But I couldn’t help myself, I had to keep reading, faster and faster…I had to know… And what a satisfying ending.

It’s a Gothic novel about twins, and it also shares many of the same attributes as Zafon’s wonderful Shadow of the Wind: books, fire, and hidden identities. If you liked that, you’ll love this one, but it is also very much more of a “women’s novel,” written for anyone who ever loved Wuthering Heights, or The Lady in White, or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, or Middlemarch, or Jane Eyre. Above all Jane Eyre, especially if, like me, you lost interest in that book the first time you read it after the part when Jane’s first friend dies, and she returns from school.

So what are you waiting for? Go! Go! Times a-wasting. Start reading!

That means you especially, Mum.

8 thoughts on “Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

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  2. lucypick Post author

    I read The Historian last year. I was underwhelmed — as a kind of junky, genre novel it was just fine, but I know it had pretensions to literary fiction that, for me, were not met. I’d love to hear what you thought when you’re done.

    The 13th Tale will not disappoint.

  3. Sarah

    I loved The Thirteenth Tale, and envy those about to read it for the first time! That didn’t prevent me from reading it a second time, though 🙂

  4. Elizabeth

    I absolutely LOVE this book!!!

    (I also love your blog, which I didn’t know existed until just now, when I followed the link at the bottom of your email.)

    Elizabeth Musselman

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