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
"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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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.*
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT STORY!"
All of it...I liked the story and narration....it was a great book!
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...
Hannah and Black both!
Yes it was...
**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!!!
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!
"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!
"The Comfort of Black"
Definitely, I thought the narrator did an excellent job. The story was one of the top 5 I listened/read so far this year!
Black standing at the window waiting for Billy.
The very end - no spoilers!!!
The way she did Billy!
The ending brought tears to my eyes.
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!!!!
"The Comfort of Black"
Hannah thinks she has a perfect marraige. They're planning to start a family.Suddenly her world falls apart and it all seems to be engineered by that husband.Is it real?Can she trust the man that comes to her aid time and time again? Rebecca Roberts does a wonderful job narrating this book.Her voices are always spot on.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review
"Gripping and Addictive"
This was my first book by Carter Wilson and I now want to read more of his work. I do not usually read Thrillers, but I am drawn to psychological thrillers. This was perfectly executed. I was hooked right from the first chapter.
The comfort of Black is just a whirlpool of emotions. Hannah had always had struggle in her life, first an abusive father Billy. It was a long time ago that she took desperate measures with him. Then she found love. For eight years she had thought they were happily married. Now her marriage seemed to be falling apart and was based on lies. Words that Dallin had mumbled in his sleep set her on a search for the truth abut him. Something was wrong, it was unexpected and she was fighting for truth. Maybe she had inherited something from Billy that might be helpful.
During a kidnapping attempt Black stepped in. A virtual stranger. Met for just moments before in such a seemingly innocent manner. Could she trust him? Could she trust anyone? She was not sure of anything any more. It is intense and full of conflicting emotion. Black is not telling her anything about himself and Hannah is not happy with that arrangement.
So much attention to detail really brought the story to life. The story line has pulled me in and kept me involved and intrigued. Twisting back and forth like a roller coaster, You never know what is going to happen next, nothing is as it seems. Each chapter brought new revelations and more of those fine points that made this such a wonderful story.
The narration was amazing in the Audio book. The voices were individualized and were easily identifiable. My first occasion to hear Rebecca Roberts as a narrator and she is very good. Her men's voices are also really great. The inflection and the feelings were right there for me to hear and it totally added to the intensity. Just a great audio book
"keeps you guessing until the very end"
This book is about, Hannah, a woman whose life is turned upside down when she finds out that her husband, Dallin, isn't the man she thought he was. After confronting him things go downhill quickly for Hannah. She is framed for embezzlement and someone from Dallin's company comes after her for damage control. After they attempt to abduct her, she is rescued and forced to go on the run with a man named Black. Black's job is to help people disappear. Dallin isn't willing to to give up looking for Hannah so easily. As the danger and lies continue to spiral out of control. Hannah must keep running with Black while trying to figure out which parts of her life are real.
Hannah was a strong female heroine. She didn't fall apart under all the stress and pressure. She wanted answers. Sometimes it was a bit hard for her to let go of the past but she was doing what any person in her situation would.
I didn't like Dallin at all. He was manipulative and spineless. He loved Hannah at first but then his world fell apart quicker than he could handle and she didn't matter.
Black was dark, broody and had a sexy edge to him. He was full of secrets and each time Hannah let her guard down and thought she could trust him she found more secrets.
This book was an intense rollercoaster ride. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen I was wrong. Usually I'm one step ahead of the main character when reading psychological thrillers but I was just as shocked as Hannah when things would happen.
The narrator did a really great job portraying each of the characters. You could feel the fear and anxiety coming off of Hannah. Black had a distant, confidence about him. I think that Hannah's father was portrayed the best though. He was so cruel and full of hate. It was particularly well done being that the narrator was a woman. The narrator also did a good job at keeping up the pace and suspense. I couldn't stop listening.
I was given an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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