British author Diane Setterfield's debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, is a gothic suspense novel published in 2006. Margaret, the main character of the novel, is a young, unworldly, bookish girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop and she loves reading stories and biographies most.

Another character, Vida Winter, is England's most famous reclusive writer, whose life story is coming to an end. Before she goes she wants her amazing life story to be recorded for the later generations. Vida chooses Margaret to tell her story.

As Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home.

Margaret carefully records Miss Winter's account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to face their pasts and the weight of family secrets, as well as the "ghosts" that haunt them still.

It seems that The Thirteenth Tale carries the readers along a turbulent river, with unexpected eddies and waves you can't escape. It might give you nightmares in the end, but they'll be the best--and most original--nightmares you've ever had.