The Comfort of Black: A Novel by Carter WilsonThe Comfort of Black: A Novel by Carter Wilson

The Comfort of Black: A Novel

byCarter Wilson

Hardcover | August 4, 2015

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USA Today best-seller

Winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for Suspense

Winner of the 2016 Colorado Book Award

Finalist 2016 RONE Award

2016 International Book Award Winner Mystery/Suspense Category

Though they seem to have everything, Hannah Parks has watched her husband, Dallin, become increasingly distant. Her hope is buoyed when the couple decides to start a family, but what Dallin reveals in his sleep one night rocks Hannah to her core. As she starts to investigate a much darker side of Dallin than she ever knew existed, Hannah peels away the layers of a diseased relationship closely tied to her own abusive past. When Dallin attempts to have Hannah abducted, she is forced to run, doing so with the aid of a man named Black, an ex-con and expert at helping people disappear. Together they must keep Hannah safe from her husband's far-reaching grasp, all the while trying to solve the mystery behind Dallin's sudden violence. Does Hannah's dark family history hold the key to her survival?

USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending Cornell University. As a consultant and frequent lecturer, has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Revelation is Wilson’s fourth novel. He lives in Col...
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Title:The Comfort of Black: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:Oceanview PublishingLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good solid thriller. Strong characters "The Comfort Of Black" by Carter Wilson has already been published and is available for purchase. This title has won several awards including the following: WINNER: 2016 Colorado Book Awards (Thriller) WINNER: 2016 International Book Awards (Mystery/Suspense) WINNER: 2016 National Indie Excellence Award(Suspense) FINALIST: 2016 RONE Award(Suspense Category) Hannah has survived a brutal, violent childhood and she still has nightmares about Billy, her abusive father, who is now in jail. Hannah ended up raising her younger sister after Billy was incarcerated for almost killing her and her mother committed suicide. Hanna is a strong woman though, she didn't let her childhood stop her from building a successful life. She got an education, then met and married Dallin who has become very successful with his Internet security firm. But Hannah isn't sure she's happy, she drinks too much and misses her husband who seems to be more and more distant lately. He also seems to be hiding something. All of Hannah's fears about Dallin coalesce when she hears him talking in his sleep. The things he mumbles that night, that he wants to hurt women, chills his wife. Hannah realizes she has to know what her husband might be hiding and that decision sets off a complicated set of circumstances that has Hannah running for her life. Finding out what is truth and who is lying about her life becomes Hannah's focus. Surviving her new reality will be even more difficult than surviving her abusive childhood. I really liked this book but I didn't love it. I wanted to love it, I almost loved it but in the end I actually think that because I read excessively and have experienced some minor situations like in this book, I didn't find it as believable as I should have. I think most readers would agree with the award givers, this is an excellent read. Therefore although personally I'd rate it a 3.5 out of 5, I'll professionally giving it a 4. The characters are expertly written, the situations are heart pounding and the thriller leaves you breathless. The reader feels the main character's pain and confusion as she tries desperately to sort out what is happening to her life. When there seems no where to turn and no one to trust the reader feels caught in the quagmire that the author has so skillfully written. I really do think most readers will think this book is well worth their time. I recommend it and hope you will go out and purchase this well priced thriller.
Date published: 2016-09-25

Editorial Reviews

"High stakes, moral dilemmas, deadly twists and turns, and a protagonist you can't help rooting for as she battles the demons from her dark and terrible past, Carter Wilson's The Comfort of Black is so soaked with adrenaline its pages could burst into flame. A very fine thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night."-Carla Buckley, best-selling author"If you are drawn to the dark games of Stephen King and the ordinary-meets-terror of Harlan Coben, you're going to love Carter Wilson's new thriller. In The Comfort of Black, Wilson slides open a bedroom window and introduces us to a lovely wife with a tortured past and the secretive man who sleeps beside her. It only takes a single whisper and then there is no safe place-only twist after twist, lie after lie, until you are gleefully riding a frenzy of psychological panic into the wee hours."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review"Here's a thriller that thrills, a mystery that mystifies. And it confirms your sense that everyone but you knows what's really going on, and your best friend is awaiting the proper time to insert the knife. Hannah Parks had a troubled childhood-a brutal father and a mother who died of hopelessness-but things have smoothed out. Her millionaire husband adores her. So why has he taken to ranting in his sleep about sadistic sex? Shocked, Hannah sneaks a look at his computer files. What she sees is followed by something worse: he catches her looking. They separate and suddenly Hannah is encountering men in black who know a lot about her. Do they wish to help? Why? And why must help involve gunfire, even killing a cop? Midway through, a layer of reality is peeled away and we, along with Hannah, must distrust everything we see. More illusions appear and vanish, until somehow Hannah is reliving her miserable childhood. Revelations in the final pages may strain credulity, but never mind. Getting there is great fun."-Booklist"From the very first shocking, irreverent and chilling line you know The Comfort of Black is anything but your average thriller. It's an exemplary thriller. A knock-your-socks-off- thriller. Wilson's characters burn through the pages and come to life, taking you on a disturbing journey that you won't forget for a long, long time."-M.J. Rose, New York Times best-selling author"Within a matter of days, Hannah Parks's privileged life is completely upended. Having overcome a tumultuous childhood, Hannah is now the wife of a millionaire technology mogul in Seattle. However, the anger and rage of a violent and deadly past have never really left her. Sudden questions about her husband and the state of her marriage rapidly lead to her kidnapping. A charismatic stranger named Black is in charge of making her disappear, but even he begins to have issues with the master plan of Hannah's captors. As part of the scenario, Hannah has been branded a fugitive, so she must piece together what's happening while on the run with Black.Verdict: Wilson's (Final Crossing, The Boy in the Woods) third novel takes off at breakneck speed and doesn't stop until its jolting conclusion. Gritty, unflinching, and sometimes violent, this thriller is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and the television series The Equalizer. The characters are intriguing and the writing deliciously descriptive. Adrenaline junkies and fans of darker crime fiction will take to this book, which is compelling and exciting enough to be read in one sitting."-Library Journal Starred ReviewCarter Wilson's The Comfort of Black is a superior thriller full of unpredictable twists. Themes of the repetition of history, familial dirty secrets, and one woman's journey to self-empowerment cruise deftly through this novel's suspenseful scenes.In addition to its rollicking pace and complex characters, the book's turns of phrase and evocative imagery make it enjoyable. Hannah's premarital fling is 'a romance that lasted not much longer than the flowers.' A promontory is described as 'a snake of land.' Hannah thinks of the color black: 'She could hide in [it]. Wrap it around her.' Thriller aficionados, especially women, will wrap themselves in this novel's pages with gusto."-ForeWord Review"Growing up with an abusive father, Hannah Parks knows the pain and suffering the family goes through. When she watches her husband, Dallin, become distant and uncommunicative, she knows something is wrong. Once in his sleep, Dallin reveals a dark side to his personality that Hannah never suspected. When she confronts her husband she realizes that there is more to him than his dream even revealed. Forced to run after Dallin tries to have her daughter Hannah abducted, she encounters Blackstone Morrow, an expert at helping people disappear and start a new life. With the aid of Black, Hannah is able to hide from Dallin and hopefully find the answers she desperately needs. This suspenseful mystery pulls the reader in from the prologue and doesn't let go until the last word is read! Containing no lulls or boring areas, the plot moves at a steady pace while the tension mounts to a reckless speed. With vivid, well-defined characters, this tale keeps the reader on the edge of the seat with unexpected twists and turns and enough suspense to keep the pages turning rapidly. In addition, the well-constructed and believable story line is solid and riddled with numerous surprises that keep one guessing and veering in the wrong direction. Although there is a minimal amount of romance, there is plenty of mystery and drama to keep even the staunchest romance lover interested. With a riveting story line and gripping suspense, this novel is impossible to put down until the last page is read."-InD'tale Magazine"What I liked about this book was the deliciously twisted plot; the debauched characters and the slick storytelling by author Carter Wilson who knows how to keep a persistent air of electrifying mystery, depravity and action moving at a lip biting pace. The Comfort of Black was a truly enjoyable adult themed read and I highly recommend it."-Bestseller World"I've always admired Carter Wilson's work, but The Comfort of Black flat out grabbed me by the throat?in the best possible sense.  Here is a novel by a literary wizard.  Imagine a tall, saturnine magician in a long sable coat who keeps whisking out tricks and wonders, shocks and surprises from pocket after hidden pocket-and he has a great many pockets indeed.  Wilson expertly maps the moral complexities of siblings and spouses, dysfunctional families, and conspiracies that raise the bar for crime thrillers.  It all funnels into a symphony of Shakespearean violence wherein the author defies the odds and demonstrates a perfect sense of balance.  This is an astonishing performance."-Edward Bryant"Dark and intense.  Carter Wilson expertly evokes the terrors inside the most dangerous human domain of all-the family."-Laura Joh Rowland"Award winning thriller-author Carter Wilson takes readers on a surreal fight-or-flight-response-for-survival journey in his third novel. Every part of Wilson's third-person narrative is aptly designed to be nothing less than unnerving. Wilson's spine-chilling scenarios are set within an intense 30-day journal entry that is broken into three simple yet mysterious one-word-titled sections. Zeroing in on his protagonist, Wilson's random use of limited voice is equally unnerving as he displays Hannah's ramblings that include harrowing recollections to her abusive father. Surrounded by a handful of elusive characters, Hannah doesn't know what to believe since she has had so many stories thrown at her. Amid the constant confusion his protagonist's life, Wilson keeps his plot moving by creatively injecting unhackneyed twists and turns as well as black comedy. There is no doubt in this reviewer's mind that Wilson is right up there-if not beyond-to James Patterson and Stephen King. The Comfort of Black is edgy, completely absorbing, and a definite must read by all."-US Review"This is a dark book and it careens from plot twist to plot twist. Hannah is a very likeable character, caught up in her past, trying to make sense of her present and hurtling toward the future. Her path is not helped by her pursuers, some of whom she considers her friends and family. With this book, Carter Wilson joins the masters of the genre. I eagerly await his next book and highly recommend The Comfort of Black if you are looking for a great thriller this summer!" -Rants, Raves & Reviews"Hannah and Dallin seemed to have the perfect marriage. At least Hannah always thought so. Until she finally realized that Dallin had, little by little, been pulling away from her. She's thinking they could start a family; until one night she hears him mumbling in his sleep. What he says is so filthy she's horrified. This is not the Dallin she knew and loved. Checking into his past, Hannah learns things she would rather not know. Dallin attempts to have her kidnapped-which is foiled by a man who goes by the name of Black. He promises to keep her from Dallin's clutches. Hannah can't understand Dallin's sudden turn to violence. This is where the plot thickens. You'll start turning pages more quickly. Suspense leaps from them. Intrigues are rampant. Tension mounts. A frightening ending brings a sigh of relief. The Comfort of Black is Carter Wilson's third novel. He has produced an exciting tale. It will stay in your mind for days after you read the explanation of relationships that puts all the characters in their right places. And what characters they are."-Bookloons.com"Following The Boy in the Woods, Carter Wilson presents likeable heroine Hannah, whose 'one drink a day had grown to three or more.' As a teen, Hannah had escaped a "violently dysfunctional family" and fled to Seattle. Clerking in a hotel, she acquires wealth and status by marrying internet security entrepreneur Dallin, but now they've fallen out of love, their sex life in the morgue. 'The richer we get the emptier I feel.'Depicted through a somewhat contrived scenario, she fears Dallin murdered someone and now seems intent on offing Hannah. After she finds incriminating information on his computer, Dallin chokes Hanna. Escaping with only the clothes she wears and a cell phone, Dallin contacts Hannah proposing an amicable split of their marriage and $40 million, but she wants to meet in a public place. Hannah arrives early to scope out the hotel lobby. A man with Cary Grant-like charisma approaches. He calls himself Black, short for Blackstone. He has an interesting profession: 'I help people start new lives.' For a fee. He was his own first client. Black had escaped prison and is a master of disguises, 'something out of a Cold War spy novel.'How does one go off the grid in an electronic world of constant contact? Here's where action scenes seem like bowling pins set up only to be an easy strike. Hannah and Black go on the lam, and he makes amateurish mistakes, belying his skills as a covert operator. Wilson's saving grace is the predicament Hannah faces: Who to trust on a lava flow landscape?"-Bookreporter.com"Have you ever come across a book that would leave you with emptiness for days? The moment you think about those fictional characters, you start feeling the pain they went through. It just feels like you knew them so well and in just one page turn, they are all gone. You miss them. You want to go back and meet the same characters one more time. If a book puts you in such a state, it is more than a good book. It is awesome. So is The Comfort of Black by Carter Wilson."-FinixPost