Margaret grew up in a bookstore. She loved books, and became interested in the stories behind them. As she grew she published a few paper on the history of authors that were just long dead. She is surprised when she receives a note from Ms. Winters, a contemporary writer famous for a volume of short stories originally titled the thirteenth tale, yet it was only published with twelve stories. It has had an following of readers speculating about the last tale, as well as the tale of Ms. Winters herself. Every time she is interviewed she weaves a different tale about her past. Now she is ready to tale the truth to Margaret.
This is a novel that is full of various layers. Each character has their own mystery and the reader is left trying to unravel it all. Yet, there are enough clues given at the right moments to keep the reader satisfied and engaged. Until, at the end, you are left with a tale more intense then you could have imagined. The writing is magnificent, and the characters are excellent. Margaret is no idiot, she is able to piece together the story as fast as the reader, even if it does take her a little more time to get facts and verify all the aspects. In the meantime the story keeps moving along.
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