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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

 The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

Title: The Thirteenth Tale    
Series: N/A
Author: Diane Setterfield
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Atria
Received: Purchased
Release Date: September 2006
Pages: 406

What is it About?

Margaret a writer/book dealer gets the chance to write a biography about one of the most mysterious author still living and learns that author’s dark secrets.

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that I read months ago and now that I think about it, it goes down as not so remember-able.  I want to say it was but in truth I just can not.

This book attracted me one because I knew it had to do with a book. Two, because of the dark secrets surrounding the family. The mystery seemed very V.C. Andrews like which is an author I use to love but have grown out of.  I thought I would enjoy it much more then I did but the dark secret wasn’t that secret.   The book hinted a great deal what was to come before it did so the ending was no real surprise.

I agree with many that it is confusing which time period this book takes place.   It does hop back and forth from past to present which makes it all the more conflicting.   

This is the first book I read from Barnes and Noble recommends list and I think I can see why they picked it.  It has a certain style about it.   I suppose if you never read any V.C. Andrews the ending might be surprising but to me it was not.   I just wasn’t impressed with the plot.   I was intrigued at first but then quickly got bored.  Really wanted to like this book more.




SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

I picked this up at a library sale a few weeks ago but after reading your review, it might get pushed back a lot on my to-read list.

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

As I said if you haven't read any V.C. Andrews it may be new to you but if you have maybe best not to bother. I don't really go by reviews if I have already picked up the book because I am usually the one who differs from everyone else.

Mari said...

That's too bad. This was one of my favorites when I read it.

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

@Mari Yeah I really wanted to like it but it just wasn't there.