The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Famous author Vida Winter invites biographer, Margaret Lea, to document the life story she has never told anyone else before. The story unfurls sentence by sentence and word by word to reveal the dark secrets of a very bizarre family. Through the narration of this incredible story we also get a glimpse into Margaret's own life story.
Beautiful, that's what this story is. I admit to not reading much mainstream fiction, but this one is beautifully crafted, the pacing is pitch perfect, and the characters are each distinct, interesting, and believable.
Vida is delightfully eccentric despite her crotchetiness. Margaret starts out as this very organized classical fiction reader, who develops impulses throughout this book, and following her journey as she takes down the biography of Vida was engaging.
There are a few points in the book where I got a little lost as to what was happening. But for the most part, the story swept me along, and I didn't resist. Even though this isn't a fantasy novel - it is at its core, a mystery, not a thriller mind you, but there was a certain mystical quality to it that I believe will make this appeal to fantasy readers.
Star Rating: 4.0/5.0
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This is one of the books I've read and reviewed for the fantasy mini-challenge. Progress 10/13 books.