Monday, September 2, 2013

A Gothic Tale for a Gloomy November Evening

It's not like I need another book to read, but I was still pleased this morning to be offered the chance to read British author Diane Setterfield's Bellman & Black, which will go on sale on November 5, 2013.

Do you like Gothic stories? This title is a follow-up to Setterfield's debut in 2006, The Thirteenth Tale, a New York Times #1bestseller, both mysterious and charming "with echoes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Some early readers of Bellman & Black have written it surpasses her first effort.

Here's what is posted on goodreads (visit the site and win a chance for a free advanced reading copy):

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.

What Gothic authors are your favorites?


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