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Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Posted on: March 4, 2009

This book came highly recommended to me by a friend. I have to admit, I had judged this book by its cover when I saw it in the bookstore. It looked…boring and old-fashioned. But my friend assured me that it was worth picking up.

I am so glad I did! The beginning was slow-going, but once the story moved from Margaret’s story to Miss Winter’s story, I was completely enthralled. This novel has all the elements of a classic gothic tale – crazy twins, a fire, a decaying manor house, ghostly happenings, abandonded children.

Yes, at times the writing seemed to be somewhat overdone. But, I think this just added to the story’s overall tone. It worked quite well.

As an avid reader, I especially identified with Margaret’s love of reading and her attitudes and feelings towards the books she loved.

This book was fun to read, and had me staying up way past my bedtime more than once. Recommended!

Started: 20-Feb-09 / Finished: 25-Feb-09

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