S itibaren Sümer Mahallesi, Türkiye İş Kurumu, 20020 Denizli Merkez/Denizli, Türkiye
Vida Winter is a wildly famous author, enigmatic and mysterious, known for her the many false histories she gives herself, and the mysterious thirteenth tale she never published. Margaret is no one special. She helps run a used-bookstore with her father, writes biographies of little-known dead people, and mourns over he deepest secret—she once had a twin, who died while being separated from her during surgery. The story begins when Ms. Winter sends Margaret a letter. It seems that Ms. Winter is ready to tell her story—her real story—and she wants Margaret to write it. This story was definitely a trip. I couldn’t stop thinking about it the whole time I read it, and even stopped midway to cleanse. It’s haunting…irregular…eerie…but fascinating. Ms. Winter is an unreliable narrator, yet somehow you trust her. It’s part mystery, part ghost story, with an air of small-town-dark-secret overshadowing the narrative. Also, it’s pretty poetic. This is one of those books you read that is sort of like an ode to literature. The only thing I didn’t like was the final twist, the true identity of Ms. Winter. It somehow seemed a little far-fetched to me. Although it explains everything, I think it stretches the limits of plausibility. That’s about as much as I can say without adding spoilers. Otherwise, the ending was great. 4 stars even.
Really good! Even though, for me, this book is all about the characters and finding out who they are, it's a definite page turner. It's not a terribly complex plot, but Tartt's descriptions have you dying to know more. Her language is gorgeous, and I found myself re-reading all the time (it's not really a fast read). Despite this, I didn't feel like it was too drawn out or should have been shorter. Interesting premise, grabs you from the first sentence, and not expected. While it might be the plot description that grabs you, it's the characters that will keep you. Looks are not what they seem, even with the narrator. My only issue is that I didn't really LIKE the narrator or any other characters. I still wanted to know more about them because they definitely weren't what they seem on the surface.