The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

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The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a gothic historical fiction on how children allegorically think of their birth. It tells the gothic strange encounters of the protagonist throughout the story.

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  • Ruth Jordan
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I really liked this book, but I can see why some people might not. If you're not into Gothic literature, you might not like it because it has a lot of creepy, grotesque things in this book. That aside, I think the story was fantastic. "
  • Randy Stevens
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The plot of the book was a bit hard to follow, but was comprehensible. The author is clearly a skilled wordsmith and her prose is beautiful and otherworldly. All in all an excellent experience."
  • Christine Lawrence
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Thirteenth Tale is a gothic historical fiction story. It centers on an author who is deciding to tell her story."
  • Rakesh Malik
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you are a fan of Gothic literature then The Thirteenth Tale will be an enjoyable read. I'm kind of disappointed that the novel didn't really go more into detail about the twin characters, but I really enjoyed their role in the novel."
  • Dennis Perry
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book has great alliteration in the title. I think at least check it out if you want something like this."
  • Stephen Gonzales
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Very few books hold on to me like The Thirteenth Tale did. Even when I was away for the day it was in my thoughts. I was puzzling it through or wondering what would happen to one or more of the characters. I knew all their names and felt compassion, concern or even dislike for some of them. I cannot even tell you the name of the book I started yesterday....which also tells you where it will end up (unread book section of my kindle). Diane Setterfield has done an amazing job of weaving several tales of love, heartache, loneliness and dedication together in a way I have never seen before. I am now a fan of hers and will be looking for more like this one."
    Juan Weaver
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Thirteenth Tale is one of those books that just stays with you long after you've read it. It's a legitimately scary story and I was equal parts terrified, confused, and eager with anticipation throughout. I'd be hard pressed to think of a better historical thriller book that I've read of late. "
    Dennis Franklin
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "There many historical thriller books in the market, even classics, but The Thirteenth Tale is definitely not one of them. The Gothic style of the book makes it even worse than as it is. I would never understand how this book became a best seller."
  • Katherine Gonzalez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Eerie and fascinating! Very few books leave such an impression on me like The Thirteenth Tale did. Even when I wasn't reading it was in my thoughts. I was puzzling it through or wondering what would happen to one or more of the characters. It's hypnotizing and I didn't want to stop reading! "
  • Adam Hamilton
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Thirteenth Tale is the best books with stories about a love of books"
  • Martha Herrera
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is an odd but engaging book; by fusing real history with a mysterious tale, Setterfield builds a world worth living in. The writing really draws you in--creepy in a really different and unusual way. I found it to be a real page-turner and loved tracking all the clues and hints along the way."
  • Austin Knight
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book does not seem to be a good fit for the category. It is about how children think of how they were born."
  • Peter Delgado
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "History, Gothic, Fiction; are you looking for these in an audiobook, then you have it; The Thirteenth Tale. You will love this, a little bit different though, book by the famous author Diane Setterfield. If you do not know the author, start with this book of her, a New York Times Bestseller."
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  • Crystal Hudson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Definitely one of the best book with the best covers! The cover is as beautiful as the writing. The cover is as magical as the story as it draws you into reading the book. The words and the cover really drew me into the story. The cover contains several books and I like how the author has done a great job at weaving several tales and different emotions into the story just like the cover. I would read it again! "
  • Raymond Tucker
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Thirteenth Tale is a very strange book, but oddly interesting. I recommend this for anyone who likes British novels. "
  • Alan Thompson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This solution is good because it is a popular book. It has good reviews and it seems like an interesting read."
  • Justin Wood
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I love mystery books, at each point I get introduced to a character I just analyze them and predict if they would be the killer or not and it's such a game hobby of mine. And this book delivered well, the characters were so amazing, love it. Compared to other mystery books I think it's just above average."
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