I love when a book completely takes me by surprise. The times when I start reading a book hoping that it will atleast be good and it turns out to be amazing. That was exactly my experience with Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. I can honestly say this has been my favorite book so far of 2017. Let’s get into the summary!
The story takes place in 19th century England and begins with a young boy named William Bellman. William is out playing with three of his friends in the countryside when they come across a rook (a bird like a crow). William has a slingshot and while showing off for his friends, shoots and kills the bird. This moment of childish cruelty is soon forgotten and William grows into a handsome and brilliantly intelligent young man. He eventually settles down with a wonderful wife and together they have four children. William becomes a wealthy man and everything is perfect; but soon that one moment of cruelty will come back to haunt William. The rooks haven’t forgotten what he did and he will pay for it, and pay dearly.
I loved this book so much. It put me in mind of the Biblical story of Job and Needful Things by Stephen King, weird combination, I know. I would say the only possible thing about this book I didn’t care for was the ending. It doesn’t really give any clear answers so you’re left to draw your own conclusions. I prefer a clear cut resolution but this is still a great story. Overall, I would say this book is about death; our perception of it, our fear of it and ultimately how we try to master it even though it can not be avoided. Read this, I don’t think you’ll regret it! Thank you for reading and have a great day!