Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield

I have seen reviews that describe Bellman and Black as a cerebral ghost story. Whether it is a ghost story or not (I wasn't actually that scared), I'm not sure. As with most of my feelings towards this book. I don't know if I like it or if I don't.

Bellman and Black follows William Bellman, a poor boy who makes his way to the top. But at his very peak, people around him start to die, and as the reader, we know it has something to do with the Rook he killed in the first chapter. But William doesn't know that, and when he meets the mysterious Mr. Black, he imagines that he has gone into a partnership with him, thus creating Bellman and Black.

What I liked about the story was the build-up. William Bellman is the boy that made good, who was the envy of the village. And after he meets Black, he becomes a changed man - totally working towards the success of Bellman and Black. You could almost say he's possessed.

But, what let me down was the way it ended. It was totally anti-climatic. I expected something scarier, and a proper explanation for the actions of Mr. Black, but it was a let-down for me. I suppose that's why I'm so ambivalent about the book.

In short, I liked this book, but after all the time I invested in reading it, the ending was a let-down for me.

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.


  1. I loved the first part but got so bored during the second half with the mall and that.

    1. I was going through the second half in hopes of a huge climatic ending. But then.... :/


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