The Comfort of Black

  • by Carter Wilson
  • Narrated by Rebecca Roberts
  • 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?


What the Critics Say

"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)
"Outstanding paranoid thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
"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 Reviews)


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Fantastic audiobook! Thriller fans will love it

When I initially read the blurb for this one, I was expecting some straightforward husband versus wife relationship drama, but it turned out to be far more complex and unpredictable.

Hannah and Dallin have a seemingly nice life, plenty of money due to Dallin's business, and they're trying to start a family. It's a far cry from Hannah's childhood with an abusive father. Still, her past has left marks, and she's in therapy and tends to drown her sorrows in plenty of alcohol. When Dallin becomes increasingly distant and mutters some terrifying things in his sleep one night, Hannah starts to wonder how well she actually knows her husband. When she is about to confront him, she meets Black, a mysterious stranger. Then Hannah's world falls to pieces and she finds herself on the run with Black.

The Comfort of Black was an utterly compelling psychological thriller from start to finish. I had no idea whom I could trust and how this would play out. It was full suspense and shocking twists. I had real problems putting this away for long enough to get some sleep. I just had to find out what would happen to Hannah. There was no padding, no slow parts, just suspenseful action, a tiny bit of romance, and a lovely epilogue that brought closure.

Carter Wilson has written two other books previously, which I've added to my list because I've thoroughly enjoyed his writing here.

Rebecca Roberts did an amazing job with the narration. I was in awe of her portrayal of the male characters, especially Hannah's father. Great job of making him sound menacing and evil. The various emotions were expressed so skillfully. You felt the protagonist's hurt but also her determination. Smooth and clear delivery. Absolutely flawless narration! Until I checked out the narrator's name on Audible, it hadn't clicked that I had actually listened to another of her books recently. That was a 5-star narration as well, but I think it speaks of her talent that I didn't recognize the voice here at all. She just seems to have an amazingly wide range of different personas she somehow manages to adopt and they then fit the particular book seamlessly. There were no issues with the production.

Fantastic audiobook! Highly recommended for thriller fans!

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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Hannah's life hasn't always been easy, but now she has a handsome and successful husband, money and a happy life, but does she? When Dallin starts to become distant and less loving, Hannah is worried, but it's not till he talks in his sleep that Hannah discovers that her husband might not be who she thinks! She starts to delve deeper into his life only to have hers put in danger. Dallin attempts to have her abducted only for her to escape with the help of an ex-con named Black. As things start to become clearer though, Hannah doesn't know who to trust, and with past and present on a collision course, Hannah must do all she can to survive.

Well this was a roller coaster to say the least!! When you think you know where it's going, bam, the author throws in something to turn the book on it's axis!! You never know who you can trust and you have no idea where it's going. It's an exceptionally well written and developed story and I loved it!! The whole way through you are questioning everything which, to me anyway, marks a great book.

Character development was well done. Poor Hannah has had a hard life and finally thought all the hurt was behind her. She loves her husband and wants to start a family with him. My heart broke for her when the story took off. She finds out some devastating things, yet she still pushes through. She is by no means an angel, which you will find out when you read it, but you can't help but root for her. She is determined, has a strong spirit and is brave.

Black was my favourite though. His story was heartbreaking!! I'm not going to say anything about it because he is a mystery better left alone and it adds to the story when you try to figure him out!! I loved the interactions between Black and Hannah and enjoyed seeing their relationship develop.

In all this was an incredible psychological thriller and one I can't recommend enough. It hit all the right notes and I devoured it. This is definitely an author I need to check out.

Rebecca Roberts gave a flawless performance! Her portrayal of Hannah was superb as was her other tones for Black and Dallin. She captured the emotions of all the characters perfectly and totally made this book come alive. Never once, in all the books I've listened to read by her, has she failed to give her all!! She is a narrator I'd recommend time and time again.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC