Review of Bellman and Black

Posted November 16, 2013 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review of Bellman and Black

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
Genres: General Fiction, Gothic
Published by Atria, Simon and Schuster Pages: 337
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Caught up in a moment of boyhood competition, William Bellman recklessly aims his slingshot at a rook resting on a branch, killing the bird instantly. It is a small but cruel act, and is soon forgotten. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to have put the whole incident behind him. It was as if he never killed the thing at all. But rooks don’t forget . . .

Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, his fortunes begin to turn—and the terrible and unforeseen consequences of his past indiscretion take root. In a desperate bid to save the only precious thing he has left, he enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner. Together, they found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.

Reviewed by Stormi

I tried really hard to get into Bellman and Black. The blurb sounded really interesting, but after trying three different times to finish it I just have decided to put it to the side. I have to many other review books to go through to try and read something that doesn’t interest me. I know that not all books are for everyone. I have seen a lot of great reviews about this book as well as the not so great.

I think one of the things for me was the writing style of this author. I really didn’t like it, to me it didn’t flow well and I just found myself getting frustrated. I made it about 50% through and so I really did try. There were parts of the story that were interesting but I guess when I seen it said it was a ghost story that I was thinking something totally different than what this author had in mind.

The pacing of the story wasn’t very fast and I didn’t like how the timeline jumped and you didn’t even really know it did until you are reading and find out that William is older. I didn’t like how there was this short parts about Rooks at the end of some chapters at first I thought it was some kind of weird book error till I realized it was meant to be that way.

I am sure the last half is probably the more interesting half and maybe one day I will try it again.  So I can’t say I recommend it but if you do read it or you have read it I would love to hear your opinion. Let me know if I should continue on because the last half is the best part..tell me..tell me!! 🙂

I love the cover it was probably one of the things that drew me to the book in the first place!!

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One response to “Review of Bellman and Black

  1. Oh too bad you had to stop reading this, Stormi. I am always so disappointed when I feel like there is no way a book will be enjoyable to me. And it also makes for pretty difficult review-writing. Just as a negative review. I don’t enjoy writing them, but I think it’s still important to have them on my blog.

    You did very well in explaining why it didn’t work for you 🙂

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