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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?

©2015 Carter Wilson (P)2015 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

Critic Reviews

"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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Thrilling.

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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Awesome story

Wasn't sure what this story was about but it was so much more than I expected. I can't express just how much I truly enjoyed this great read. I can't thank the narrator enough for allowing to listen to this at no charge just an honest review.

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 03-08-16

THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT STORY!

What made the experience of listening to The Comfort of Black the most enjoyable?

All of it...I liked the story and narration....it was a great book!

What did you like best about this story?

The way the mystery of why all unfolded...I was not expecting it to go the way it did...it was truly intriguing all the way through...

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Roberts – was your favorite?

Hannah and Black both!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was...

Any additional comments?

**I was given a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review **

Hannah seemingly has it all, a good husband, money, the chance to start a new family..she was happy, most of the time...after escaping an abusive father, and recreating herself with her sister. Then her husband grows distant and things start falling apart...she is rushed into a world where she has to run and fight to stay alive...but is it all what it seems. or has the devil in disguise come back for vengeance..and it is really all a lie!?

Great story and great narration...really enjoyed it!!!

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Exciting from beginning to end

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for the normal HAE you won’t find it here, the ending is happy but sad in many ways. This is one book that pulled me in and keeps you, you won’t be able to put it down. If you think you have this story worked out you had better think again. Nothing is as it seems there are many twists and turns that will blow your mind. Just when I thought I had a handle on where it was going the author throw a major twist and floored me. The author pulls you in from the first page to the last with so much pain, hurt, sorrow, drama, love, need, want and so much more. I so loved this but I am so torn with the ending which is a good one but not your normal. Everything in this book is intriguing from the characters to the narrator and the plot.

My heart so goes out to Hannah she has had a rough life not an easy start but has pulled herself out of the past and made something of herself. Now her husband is never home which means there isn’t much us time. She turns to drinking just like her mother. One night her husband talks in his sleep which will change her life more than she ever could imagine. She starts investigate and finds out more than she wanted. Who is the man and what happen to the man she married? Before she is done she will question everything even herself, what is real and what isn’t, along with who can she trust and why are they doing this to her?

Dallin is just something else you have to read it to believe it and is about all I can say about him. You are not going to believe this man.

As Hannah sets in the lobby waiting to meet her husband a man name Black talks to her asking her questions. Than when her husband has her abducted and she wakes up to find Black is there she runs. He said he can help her but will he? They are on the run for their lives as the work out the mystery of Dallin and why he has become so violent.

Rebecca Roberts did a wonderful amazing job of narration from her character voices to her emotions. You can feel the hurt, pain and hate come right off the pages. Her deep gnawing male voices will give you chills. Even I was scared of Hannah’s father. There are no background noises and no breaks taken that I could hear just a wonderful highly entertaining listen. Ms. Roberts pulls you in and never let’s go. This is one narrator you do not want to miss. I for one cannot wait to listen to more from her.

This is a very thrilling exciting fast pace read. It does have violence in it. The author gives you wonderful characters and some that aren’t so great which adds so much to this story. Hannah is fighting the demons not only of her past but her future as she takes the world on to find the answers to so many questions. It is a game of kill or be killed. Carter Wilson gives you a book you won’t be able to put down as this author takes you through the pace of one woman who loses everything in just a few hours. If you are looking for an exciting read which will keep you guessing that has thrills, chills and passion this is the book for you. You will be torn throughout this outstanding read. There will be times you will say no, no please do let that be true as well as other times when you will do a lot of cheering and say it is about time. I enjoyed this so much from the narrator to the author that I pick this as one of my favorite reads. I recommend this read just keep in mind it does have a happy ending just not an ending we may want it is more of a real ending as life is today.

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  • bec
  • Australia
  • 04-25-16

A Thrilling Story and Excellent Narration

What's the story?

HannahParks met Dallin back in the days when he was a man with plenty of potential and big ideas. They married, and, with time and hard work he fulfilled his business dreams, he became very rich and very powerful which allowed him to provide Hannah with everything she could ever wish for.
Hannah and her sister were raised with very little, their father, Billy, was a drinker and made life very unpleasant for his wife and daughters. Now, with Billy out of their lives and their mother dead Hannah was now in a position to not only live in comfort herself, but to help out her sister who struggled to raise her own children as a single parent.
Two incidents were to change Hannahs' life in ways which she could never imagine;
A few sentences overheard when Dallin spoke in his sleep followed by the discovery of something rather shocking on an unused laptop were the beginnings of a story of the truly unexpected.

My Review

For the first hour of listening I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this story, it seemed to drag a little, but then it took off. This is a very convoluted tale which takes the most unexpected paths, just when I thought I could predict the next step it would take a surprising turn. Despite its complexity it is well written, there are no superfluous unnecessary details clouding the storyline and I had no trouble in keeping up with the many exciting twists and turns.

It really is a page turner (or binge listen), I didn't take to Hannah, I failed to find much about her that I could relate to, but this served to make the story that much more interesting as, though I didn't much like her, I was rooting for her all the way!

Of course, it isn't until nearing the end that we discover the reasons for the whole plot, this did disappoint me a tad as I did think that the author could have devised a more plausible justification for the means to the end. I didn't really see the point of the sexual content either, it was by no means hard porn, not by a long way, but a bit much for me. Despite this, The Comfort of Black is a good read.

Narrator

Rebecca Roberts has developed into a master storyteller, had it not been for her excellent reading I would most probably have given up on the book within the first hour and would have missed a great story.
She has perfected the skill of conferring a distinct and unmistakeable voice to each character, she doesn't miss an emotion either, the listener always knows who is speaking and what they are feeling.
When Rebecca Roberts narrates the listener is assured of a top quality product.

This audiobook was provided by the narrator, author or publisher in return for an honest review.

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Chilling!

This is an absolutely chilling tale of a modern Cinderella who finally finds happiness only to have it taken away in the cruelest ways imaginable. The scariest part of this book is the stark realism of the plot; these are the types of things human beings do to each other. This book had all the elements of a great story, trauma, intrigue, romance, suspense... The narrator did a great job, and I especially liked the voices for the different male characters. Black was my favorite, with that gruff East Coast cop voice. All around, a great book!

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Hated the protagonist from beginning to end

Hannah got on my nerves right from the start. I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing! lol

The narrator was wonderful!

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The Comfort of Black

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely, I thought the narrator did an excellent job. The story was one of the top 5 I listened/read so far this year!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Comfort of Black?

Black standing at the window waiting for Billy.
The very end - no spoilers!!!

What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?

The way she did Billy!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The ending brought tears to my eyes.

Any additional comments?

Didn't want the book to end. Wonderful characters, great story, so many twists and turns you'll find yourself going back to reread as to make sure you didn't miss anything! Wonderful Book!!!!

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Sex, Lies and Videos Lead To Compelling Mystery !

If you could sum up The Comfort of Black in three words, what would they be?

Three words for this book are chilling, suspenseful and compelling. Hannah, the main character, is happily married and living the high life--or so she believes until one night when her husband talks in his sleep and her life is never the same again.

(I received this audio book in exchange for a review.)

What other book might you compare The Comfort of Black to and why?

I've read "The Rope" by Nevada Baar and Comfort of Black had a similar effect on me. There were many events in both books that had me "on the edge of my seat" as I listened and attempted to prepare myself for what was coming next. I was not able to predict any of the scenes in either of these books and was shocked by both of them many times.

What about Rebecca Roberts’s performance did you like?

I can't say enough about Rebecca's performance. She has a voice that makes the characters come alive ! I felt as if I was inside every scene and experienced every emotion right along with the main character. Heck, I actually felt myself becoming Hannah and I was horrified by how my life could end up the way it did.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this all throughout my day on the weekend using my bluetooth headphones because I couldn't bear to stop. I had to know what was going to happen next !!! I did have to stop a few times but I went right back as soon as I could.

Any additional comments?

Carter Wilson is an amazing writer! This storyline was totally different and amazing and I was never bored by any part of the story. I can't even imagine how Hannah could survive some of the horrible suffering but somehow she manages to save herself. I get chills just thinking about all she went through. Loved this book !!

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Good Book and Great Narrator

I almost didn't stick with it because the beginning started off a bit twisted for my taste, but I'm glad I hung in there! There were several twists and turns and I never really knew which way it was going. I wouldn't call it an amazing book - but it was really enjoyable and I do recommend it.

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