The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield


The Thirteenth Tale is a classic novel consisting of suspense and mystery. Secrets that you will never expect.

The main character, Margaret Lea, is quite obsessed with books, has been since childhood. Novels, biographies, etc.
Anything that involves reading, her mind is set to understand.
Invited by a letter, written by the well-known Miss Vida Winter, Margaret is invited to write her life's story.
Obliging, Margaret takes the job.
Miss Winter, a stern, quiet, and mysterious woman sets rules down for the young girl who is to write her life's story.
The more and more Margaret listens to the words of the woman's past and edging future, mystery and perhaps false stories override her mind.
When truth seeps out of the older woman's mouth, shock is grasped.

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Favorite Passage

“People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”

- Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale.

I suppose, this is my favorite passage as well as quote because it is very deep. Meaningful to the soul. For our lives are merely short, and we do the best we can to live it. Some of us don't even take notice that we are living, breathing things. Eventually off for death. And one day, we shall never exist again.

A life goal for all of us, at least somewhere within, is to make a difference. What's stopping you?


I have not yet finished it, but so far my attention is captured. In a way that is truly hard to share. The only word that I can find within my mind is, extraordinary.

The main character, Margaret, reminds me much of myself. A lover of books, fascinated with many things.

All I could feel was the suspense, wanting to read what had happened next. It is one of those books, that you really can't set down. Though, it does take time to read, much time. As do many books do.