The Comfort of Black
Oceanview Publishing (2015)
Reviewed by Ben Green for Reader Views (11/15)
I rarely read thrillers. I don't know why, but usually I just overlook the genre as whole, which is weird because when I do take time to read them I almost always enjoy them. “The Comfort of Black” by Carter Wilson is no exception. It is hard not to draw parallels between it and other books in the genre such as “Gone Girl” or “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” As seems to be the current trend with the genre, the protagonist is a female by the name of Hannah and of course, she is having relationship issues with her husband who happens to be the CEO of an internet security company that is making both him and Hannah rich.
This sets the stage for Hannah to be abducted and rescued by the book's other main character, Black, who is an ex-con who working as a skip tracer helping clients who need to disappear. The story is fast-paced with plenty of twists, turns, violence and sex. What separates “The Comfort of Black” from similar stories, however, is Carter Wilson's ability to intertwine elements of Hannah's dysfunctional childhood and current spousal issues in a way that makes her character much more believable and far deeper than what you would normally expect from a story that otherwise would read like an episode of any 80's action series. Wilson's attention to detail when it comes to the family dynamics of Hannah's past and present is impressively crafted and plays exceptionally well with Black's character, which remains a mystery for much of the book.
Carter's ability to really get into the psychology of his characters makes “The Comfort of Black” one of those books that are hard to put down. It is one of those books that grasps you within the first few lines and makes you wonder just what you have gotten yourself into. In fact, throughout the book I found myself pushing on to get to the next chapter and always curious about what would happen next. Though at times the story is predicable, it is never boring, and the character development is awesome. The book is a quick read with large font, short chapters and only about 270-ish pages that a motivated reader (you will be one with this story) could probably finish in one or two sittings.
I would say that “The Comfort of Black” by Carter Wilson easily gets three out of five stars. It is an excellent example of what an Indie author and book can be. It is a little predictable and perhaps at times cliché, but well worth reading, highly entertaining, engrossing and has amazing, well-written characters. I was definitely impressed and will certainly be checking out Carter Wilson's other books “The Boy in the Woods” and “Final Crossing.” If you like fast-paced thrillers check out “The Comfort of Black!” It is a great read for a rainy day.