Review: Bellman and Black: a novel, by Diane Setterfield

By the author of “The Thirteenth Tale,” the setting for this book is nineteenth century England and the tone Gothic. Ten year old William Bellman, out in the woods with this gang of friends, kills a rook with his slingshot which sets in motion all the creepy events to follow. His arc of good fortune declines precipitously from prosperous mill owner and happy family man through a series of tragedies that lead to a deal with the mysterious “Mr. Black.” Gorgeous, imaginative detail makes this a “Mr. Selfridge” of the dark side.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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