The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Recommended by Rehana who is a member of the Bury Readers’ Group.

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

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“A fantastic, dark, gothic tale of Vida Winter, a reclusive, mysterious and successful writer who decides it’s time to reveal the secrets of her troubled past. She enlists the services of young biographer Margaret Lea, a woman dealing with ghosts of her own.

As Winter begins to unravel her secrets, the reader, like Lea, finds themselves sitting on the edge of their seat hungrily waiting for each instalment and being drawn deeper and deeper into the story. What is the truth behind the success of the stories she tell?

This has a feel of ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ about it and left me thinking about it long after I’d finished.”

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