[ARC Review] Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

cvr9781476711959_9781476711959_lgTitle: Bellman & Black
Author: Diane Setterfield
Format: Kindle eGalley  
Genre: Historical Fiction; Thriller; Ghost Story
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9781476711959
Release Date: 5 November 2013
Rating: ⭐ ⭐

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I received Bellman & Black as an advanced, uncorrected reader’s proof from the publisher.  I really wanted to enjoy this as according to the synopsis it had all the elements that would make for a really great ghost story or horror story or thriller, but sadly it falls short.

At times I felt as though I was reading Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. William Bellman has a very distinct Scrooge-like characteristic. He is always with his abacus, always crunching numbers, and always coming up with ways to make more money.  The only difference between Bellman and Scrooge is that Bellman treated his employees with the utmost respect from the beginning.  Black when the reader finally ‘meets’ him is an amalgamation of the three spirits.   Continue reading