> The Things You Can Read: Book Beginnings on Friday: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Beginnings on Friday: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Book Beginnings on Friday

I have heard it said, by those that cannot possibly know, that in the final moments of a man's existence he sees his whole life pass before his eyes.-The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Summary Courtesy of Goodreads: 
As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune—until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Then he starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.

And Bellman & Black is born.

How about that first line?  Having read it, how can you put this novel down?  And believe me it sure does set the tone for what is to come.  I'm over half way through Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale, and although I had to wait seven years to read her second novel it was worth the wait.  Bellman & Black  is intriguing.  It is the type of book that keeps you on your toes.  Just when you think you know where you are going with this one, you realize you don't.

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this event every Friday allowing bloggers to share the first sentence of a book that they are  reading and offer some impression of said book!
Does Bellman & Black grab your attention?  Is it one you'd be interested in reading?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read!

Happy reading to all! ☮

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  1. Oh wow, I love your background, I just can't stop looking at it! And Bellman & Black sounds really good, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a good weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. Thanks for the compliment on my blog! Bellman & Black is one you could stay up all night reading.

      The Things You Can Read

  2. Ditto what Juli said about your background. And I am also very curious about Bellman and Black.


  3. I got an ARC of this one a few weeks ago and I can't wait to start it. Hope you enjoy it! Here's my Friday post:


  4. The Thirteenth Tale has been on my TBR shelf forever. I'd better start with that one.

    Thanks for posting the opening on Book Beginnings on Fridays!

    Rose City Readder

  5. I LOVE Diane Setterfield. I absolutely loved The Thirteenth Tale.

    I asked for a ARC of this, but haven't gotten it. I hope I do sometime soon.

    It sounds soooooo good

    THANKS for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


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