The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is a ripping good read. It’s the story of 2 women: one a famous author (Vida Winter) who is finally ready to tell her life story and the other an obscure biographer (Margaret Lea) who must try to get the truth from this notorious fabricator. Vida’s story (true or false) is thoroughly engrossing, and the interplay between the two women is wonderfully drawn. This is a great crossover between genre and literary fiction – it will appeal to fans of everything from the Da Vinci Code to V.C. Andrews, but is so much better written that I hesitate to make those comparisons. As an added bonus, the audio book is also quite wonderful.

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