Kudos Claudia on an excellent recommendation. Her intriguing review of The Thirteenth Tale got me to pick up the book and then I couldn’t put it down. The Thirteenth Tale defies categorization. It is suspense and mystery with a splash of paranormal with a healthy dose of Gothic ghost story. Setterfield is a master of the chimera of words, her text shades from beautiful to sad to horrifying within a sentence. The plot, ah the twisting and turning plot; madness, governesses, reclusive authors, feral children, murder, love, heartbreak, incest, and bibliophilism. And the ending, ah the ending, you never see it coming and then realize it couldn’t have been any other way. Perhaps a perfect book if there ever is such a thing.
One teen’s search to discover the truth about his family heritage from all the stories his grandfather told and really to find his place in the world and where he belongs. A time-traveling story with bits of historical fiction set in World War II and the present at the same time about humans gifted with special abilities and the creatures that are trying to find and destroy them. I enjoyed the story and the mystery but the most unique thing about the book was the antique photos used by the author throughout the story instead of illustrations that show weird camera affects, special tweaking in the dark room or perhaps humans with special abilities – that is for you to decide. A truly unique coming of age story.
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
He inherited this job from his father as well as Dad’s deadly athame, after his father was killed by a ghost. Cas and his mom and their spirit-sniffing cat travel the country following local legends and destroying the murderous dead. Cas doesn’t have time to worry about what he’ll do next year when he graduates from high school or to make friends. He just wants to learn more, grow stronger and avenge his father.
Following a local legend of a ghost called Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects things to go as usual: track, hunt and kill the ghost. What he finds instead is a spirit of a girl trapeed in a curse and rage. A powerful ghost like nothing he’s ever faced, Anna has killed every person who has dared step into her Victorian home.
Cas follows some local teens to Anna’s house and is tricked into confronting her before he is ready. Yet she doesn’t kill him. Why? She did kill one of the other teens and now Cas has to race against time to figure out where Anna’s power comes from, why she didn’t kill him, how to save his new friends from Anna and why he has this overwhelming since of doom.