Thursday, 24 July 2008

The Thirteenth Tale

A few days ago I read a post that mentioned the Thirteenth Tale written by Diane Setterfield, and despite searching for the blogger that wrote it, I just can't find it! My point was that she didn't like the book and I did and I just wanted to show her post as an alternative to mine!

Fortunately I had just started the book when I came across her review and I liked what I had read so far and so wasn't put off by the review. It does seem to be that you either love or hate this book and I certainly loved it.

It is certainly not a chick lit book all light and fluffy! It is a rather strange book where the reader doesn't quite know who or what to believe and the story weaves between the present day and the past - quite effectively I thought, but not everybody likes a story that doesn't stick to one timeline.

Basically, an amateur biographer is invited to chronicle the story of a very reclusive author who is renowned for never quite telling the truth about her background. There are weaves and twists and turns and I enjoyed reading this book, although I did wish that the ending was a little bit stronger rather than the nebulous ending that didn't feel right to me, but then again I have a strong preference for knowing EXACTLY what happens at the end of a book.


Heather said...

I'm like that too, I hate loose ends in books and movies. I like to know the true ending of a story.

franticallysimple said...

I loved this book. And the twist? Quite a surprise. I found myself going "Whaaaa - oh now I get it."

Bobbi said...

I've not read this book, but it sounds interesting. Never be put off by a book because you read a bad review. Many times, I don't agress with other reviewers about certain books. That's what makes the world go around!

Tiffany said...

Welcome to the SITStahood!

Melody said...

I love this book! Everything about it is so intriguing. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this author's works in future. :)