Vida Winter, a bestselling yet reclusive novelist, has created many outlandish life histories for herself, all of them invention. Now old and ailing, at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. Her letter to biographer Margaret Lea - a woman with secrets of her own - is a summons. Vida's tale is one of gothic strangeness ...
Vida Winter, a bestselling yet reclusive novelist, has created many outlandish life histories for herself, all of them invention. Now old and ailing, at last she wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. Her letter to biographer Margaret Lea - a woman with secrets of her own - is a summons. Vida's tale is one of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family: the beautiful and wilful Isabelle and the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline. Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida's storytelling, but as a biographer she deals in fact not fiction and she doesn't trust Vida's account. As she begins her researches, two parallel stories unfold. Join Margaret as she begins her journey to the truth - hers, as well as Vida's.
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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.
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