Before writing, Setterfield studied French Literature at Bristol University and specialized in 20th century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She taught at numerous schools as well as privately before leaving academia in the late 90s. She lives in North Yorkshire, England with her husband and four cats,
I think this is one of my most anticipated books ever. I loved Setterfields "The Tirteenth Tale" and it took ages for this new book to be published. One thing is for sure, Setterfield has a captivating writing style. I love her choice of words. Still Bellman and Black did not manage to impress me at all. In all honesty I got bored at some point. William is an interesting character with a lot of potential but at some point I totally lost all contact with him. His life feels as if there are bullet points that are marking important things and there are some pages in between to feed the reader the minimum of extra emotion. Jumping from one bullet point to the other it is not only William Bellman losing control over his own time line.
The other important character is a rook. Surrounded by a lot of myths the rook is an obvious choice for a ghost book and that development was predictable. I never experienced the dark feeling coming along with the rook and it's mythical meaning.
Bellman and Black
Author: Diane Setterfield
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | AudioBook