I’m about 20 pages away from finishing this book but I feel confident enough to review it. I don’t think the ending will be disappointing.
This may be blasphemous for any avid bookworm to say, but this is one story that I would LOVE to see on the big screen. The story, the characters are too large to be contained in written form. I want to see Emmaline and Adeline causing chaos at Angelfield Manor. I want to see Margaret’s father’s bookstore.
The quick plot summary: Vida Winter is a famous and best-selling author that has never given a true account of her life in any interview and always makes up an answer when asked a personal question. In her old age, she commissions Margaret Lea (amature biographer of the deceased) to write the long awaited biography.
The book itself reminds me more of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James more than any other novel despite the author’s persistent thumping of Jane Eyre into my consciousness every 5-10 pages. That gets really annoying after the 10th mention of Jane Eyre. The beginning is really slow and really boring. It isn’t until Margaret meets Vida Winter that the story actually begins. Earlier, I mentioned this is like a more sophisticated VC Andrews story. Well, I was wrong on that count. The Thirteenth Tale is much more fun to read. The book is pretty balanced with slow parts and more entertaining storylines. I like that the author manages to weave the stories of the twins in their childhood to modern day people that Margaret interacts with.
You can tell the author spent a lot of time and effort working on this story and creating these characters. A lot of love went into this book. I’m glad I found the time to read it.
And now, I’m off to actually go finish it!