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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield: Friday Flashback Review

Friday, January 25, 2013

Cover of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
5 Stars

Vida Winter is called the Charles Dickens of her age. No one has ever been able to find out the story of her life. Any reporter who tries gets a beautiful story, but still, it's only a story. But now Vida is old and sick and she must share her story with the world. She chooses Margarate Lea, amateur biographer, to write the final story that everyone has been waiting for.

I loved this! It has a very dark, gothic feel to it that reminded me of both Jane Eyre and Rebecca. Vida's story is full of twists and turns and is a delight to read. If you like the Bronte sisters, pick this one up. It's perfect for a dark and stormy day.

Reviewed October 24, 2008

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Friday Flashback Reviews, a feature at The Introverted Reader
Friday Flashback Reviews are a weekly feature here on The Introverted Reader. These are old reviews I wrote on GoodReads. Thanks to Angieville and her Retro Friday Reviews for the inspiration and encouragement!

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  1. I WILL read this book this year! I've been wanting to for far too long and it looks soooo good!!

  2. I am listening to this now - its a long one! It has been recommended so many times, I knew I had to read/listen!


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