Reading The Thirteenth Tale

Going into the book, what are your suspicions about Vida Winter’s tale? Do you suspect that what she tells Margaret Lea really is going to be the truth? Why should she tell the truth now?

Miss Winter explains why she chose Margaret to be her biographer; what motivates Margaret to agree to this?

Compare the relationship between Adeline and Emmeline and what might have been between Margaret and her lost twin.

What do you think is the time frame for the novel? What do you base your opinion on? Why might have author Diane Setterfield kept it vague?

Amazon.com calls the book a “rousing good ghost story.” Do you agree with this assessment? What are the qualities that make it so (or not so)?

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