Book review: The Thirteenth Tale

A review by Begoña Fernández

Vida Winter is a prestigious writer that has published a lot of novels and some untrue autobiographies in the course of her long life. Now, when she is advanced in years and in failing health, she decides to reveal the secret of her mysterious life. In order to do that, she chooses Margaret Lee, a bookseller woman whose life contains a mystery too.

Both enigmas are little by little puzzled out all through the book, but the author manages to keep the excitement until the ending. The plot, as the same time as imaginative, is full of suspense.

It is a cleverly constructed book in the tradition of gothic novels. If you like deeply affecting stories of love and death, love affairs set in large mansions surrounded by trees, outskirts of town, this book will certainly live up to our expectations. I enjoyed its gripping read to such an extent that I couldn’t put it down.

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