Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale is one of those perfect novels. It is old, reminding me of Jane Eyre or Rebecca. It is also new and completely its own. I eagerly await her next novel, but if this is the only one she ever shares with us, it is enough, because it is as I said before, perfect.
“You asked me to tell you the truth about three things, and I must because of the rule of three. But let me first ask you something in return. ”
“After this, no more jumping about in the story. From tomorrow, I will tell you my story, beginning at the beginning, continuing with the middle, and with the end at the end. Everything in it’s proper place. No cheating. No looking ahead. No questions. No sneaky glances at the last page.”-p. 52
Yes, I know, it’s more than two sentences, but you need more if you’re going to get a sense of the novel.
If you liked The Last Governess you will love this book.