The Bellman & Black story begins a little slowly but the characters are built up very nicely. William Bellman is an honestly likeable character who is a bit of a workaholic. There is a dark and gothic feel to many parts of the story and I liked the pages at the beginning of the chapters that pertain to information and lore about crows/rooks. The climax was not overly exciting but overall the story is interesting.
William Bellman has always seemed to have luck on his side. Overly charismatic and clever he soon makes a life for himself that others envy. Right when everything seems to be perfect bad luck seems to rear its ugly head. Somehow, Will needs to figure out the puzzle to his problems and fix it just like he does with everything else in his life.
Overall this is an enjoyable supernatural tale.
From the instant #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a “poetic and mysterious” (Booklist) ghost story that will haunt you to your very core.
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.