Now a major BBC film, directed by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Atonement and Dangerous Liaisons), starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman. Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once home to the March family - fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, brutal, dangerous Charlie, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline ...
Now a major BBC film, directed by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Atonement and Dangerous Liaisons), starring Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman. Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten. It was once home to the March family - fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, brutal, dangerous Charlie, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline. But Angelfield House hides a chilling secret which strikes at the very heart of each of them, tearing their lives apart...Now Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield's past - and the mystery of the March family starts to unravel. What has Angelfield been hiding? What is its connection with the enigmatic writer Vida Winter? And what is the secret that strikes at the heart of Margaret's own, troubled life? As Margaret digs deeper, two parallel stories unfold, and the tale she uncovers sheds a disturbing light on her own life...
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Anyone who loves reading will love this book. Besides the fact that the storyline is interesting, it is written so beautifully I am envious!
Jun 24, 2012
This is a real story! If you like to be merely but thoroughly entertained, this book should do it. A story for booklovers, certainly. I shall say no more!
Nov 17, 2011
DIFFERENT STORY, BUT VERY SUSPENSEFUL..QUITE THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE
Jul 21, 2011
This chilling mystery is easy to read. The fast paced drama makes it a page turner that is hard to put down until one comes to the end of the book. Even then, it stays in ones mind pondering all the twists and turns . All mystery thriller fans should definitly put this one one their lists.
May 11, 2010
The Thirteenth Tale is very well written and combines the past and the present in a captivating manner. The author leads the reader down a pathway of intriguing events. The reader finds himself heading a certain direction, and then suprisingly another. The author paints the scenes and the characters with their deep emotions, in a superb and mysterious way, bringing the story to life. I was spellbound by this book and will be looking forward to more works from this author.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-06 Setterfield's debut novel translates into a great audio book that loses none of the suspense, surprise and satisfaction that come with a wonderful tale. The voices of two of the best dramatic talents working today turn Setterfield's story into a glorious treat for listeners. Henshall, who reads as Margaret Lea, and Redgrave, who plays recluse writer Vida Winter, create mood and tension with their voices, which settles listeners into the narrative with ease. Margaret, a young bookseller and amateur biographer, is chosen by Miss Winter as the recipient of the secret of her tragic past. She reveals, layer by layer, the mesmerizing tale of the Angelfield family that includes murder, insanity, feral twins, a ghost and a fire. Margaret's own past in some ways parallels Miss Winter's, leading them both through the blaze of memory into the truth. Audio fans will be dazzled; fans of the written word will find new depth to The Thirteenth Tale thanks to the rich work of two veteran readers. Simultaneous release with the Atria hardcover (Reviews, June 26). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-26 Former academic Setterfield pays tribute in her debut to Bront? and du Maurier heroines: a plain girl gets wrapped up in a dark, haunted ruin of a house, which guards family secrets that are not hers and that she must discover at her peril. Margaret Lea, a London bookseller's daughter, has written an obscure biography that suggests deep understanding of siblings. She is contacted by renowned aging author Vida Winter, who finally wishes to tell her own, long-hidden, life story. Margaret travels to Yorkshire, where she interviews the dying writer, walks the remains of her estate at Angelfield and tries to verify the old woman's tale of a governess, a ghost and more than one abandoned baby. With the aid of colorful Aurelius Love, Margaret puzzles out generations of Angelfield: destructive Uncle Charlie; his elusive sister, Isabelle; their unhappy parents; Isabelle's twin daughters, Adeline and Emmeline; and the children's caretakers. Contending with ghosts and with a (mostly) scary bunch of living people, Setterfield's sensible heroine is, like Jane Eyre, full of repressed feeling-and is unprepared for both heartache and romance. And like Jane, she's a real reader and makes a terrific narrator. That's where the comparisons end, but Setterfield, who lives in Yorkshire, offers graceful storytelling that has its own pleasures. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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