Voracious_Reader (USA: VA) (2009/04/14):
I can't begin to explain how much I enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It was marvelous. If you love Rebecca or Jane Eyre, then please pick up The Thirteenth Tale. The only disappointing thing is that the author has published no other books (at least that I can find). It was a wonderful read. "Do you intend to tell me the truth?" one of its characters asks. Is that really the point of a good story?
It was mesmerizing. Finally, a book written by someone who clearly adores books and the written word. The story is dark, but not humorless. I certainly wont be putting this one up to trade on bookmooch.com. I loved it. It had everything that a novel should: it had a good point; it was superbly written; and I can't stop comparing other books to it. I finished it weeks ago, reading at least four other books since then and none of them compare.
Denise (United Kingdom) (2009/06/15):
I really enjoyed this book - one for anyone with an interest in the classics. Loads of light references to classic novels and a great mystery tale which twists and turns elegantly.
A boo for booklovers where the main character is a booklover - almost perfect.