The Strange Fate of Lord Bruton
E-books have breathed new life into the novella narrative form. Some stories are too long to be short stories yet they can be told in less than a novel length. This is a prime example, packed with atmosphere and compelling storytelling.
Lord Bruton is, as his name implies, a brute.
Despite the narrator knowing him, he retains a fascination for the flawed man.
It begins when Bruton hires the butler Ellery, who seems impervious to his lordship’s extravagant behaviour. It was as though Ellery possessed a mesmerising ability. Indeed, slowly but surely, as the story unfolds, Ellery seemed to become the dominant player in the relationship.
This is an excellent gothic tale, revealing a battle of wills between two fascinating and well-drawn characters.
There may be an echo of Rob Maugham’s The Servant (1948), but the tale still retains its originality, and grips you until the very end.