Diane Setterfield is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE THIRTEENTH TALE, and a former academic, specializing in 20th-century French literature, particularly the works of Andre Gide. She lives in Yorkshire, England.
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. Years later, when a stranger mysteriously enters William’s life, 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.