Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Club: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

For our January meeting we read this lovely story, The Thirteenth Tale.  Margaret, who works in her father's book store, one day receives a letter from one of the days most famous writers asking her to write her life story as she's dying.  She has told her story to many other journalists before but they have all been just that....made up stories and lies.  She is now ready to tell the truth and it's Margaret she wants to tell.  This is a mystery of sorts that tells the tale of deep family secrets, a mysterious ghost, a governess that disappears, an abandoned child and oh so much more.  

I wouldn't say it was a page turner as far as mysteries go but I was definitely interested throughout the book.  There was a charm to the writing that I really enjoyed.  There were a good deal of ideas to sort out at book club too which made for some good discussion.  If you are an occasional reader then I would maybe pass on this book.  If you are a true book lover then I think you would like this one.  If you read this and enjoy it then I would also check out The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  Another mystery dealing with books and authors.

Next month:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I'm thinking this one will lead to some great discussion...we'll see!

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