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Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Bellman and Black is the first book that I have read by Setterfield, and I found it to be a well written haunting tale.  Bellman & Black is not written as your typical ghost story, but it does haunt the reader just the same.  William as a young boy kills a rook, and that moment ends up haunting him the rest of his life even if it is not always in the forefront of his mind.  William leads a full life with a wife and his children until tragedy strikes, and William enters into a deal that changes things dramatically.  Black is never really present in the book except for a few moments here and there, but William is constantly awaiting his return.  Building his new business, William tries to bury himself in work, but nothing can stop what haunts him for long.  Setterfield does deliver a compelling tale that proves hard to forget.

 

Received a copy of Bellman & Black through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.