[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00SB2DU06″ locale=”us” height=”500″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z2JGfcMEL.jpg” width=”303″][simpleazon-link asin=”B00SB2DU06″ locale=”us”]By Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel (Unabridged) [Audio CD][/simpleazon-link] by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Appealed to the bibliophile in me because of the bookshop setting, the occupation of the protagonist, and the many references to Jane Eyre as well as similarities to Wuthering Heights. I listened to the audio book, and the story kept my attention. The younger reader narrated with a comforting, confident, and engaging voice that suited the story. The older reader’s tone was more bemusing and less suspenseful at some points in the story sounding the wrong note. The story grows increasingly dark and creepy. The ending while improbable was still spellbinding. Just be aware that the narrative delves into some dark territory including rape, incest, abuse, and self-mutilation. Not graphically so, but enough to make some readers uncomfortable.