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The Comfort of Black: A Novel

The Comfort of Black: A Novel

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by Carter Wilson

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews


“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 isThe Comfort of BlackbyCarter Wilson."

New York Times best-selling author of The Witch of —M.J. Rose

“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.”

author of Black-Eyed Susans —Julia Heaberlin

“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.”

author of The Sano Ichirō Mystery Series —Laura Joh Rowland

“Dark and intense. Carter Wilson expertly evokes the terrors inside the most dangerous human domain of all—the family.”

Nebula and American Mystery Award-winning author o ―Edward Bryant

“I've always admired Carter Wilson's work, butThe Comfort of Blackflat 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.”

Best-selling author of The Deepest Secret —Carla Buckley

“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’sThe Comfort of Blackis so soaked with adrenalin its pages could burst into flame. A very fine thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night.”

MysteriesGalore.com —BestsellersWorld.com

“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 Blackwas a truly enjoyable adult themed read and I highly recommend it.”

—ForeWord Reviews

A rollicking pace, complex characters, skillful turns of phrase, and evocative imagery make this book enjoyable.

Carter Wilson’sThe Comfort of Blackis 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.”


“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.”


“FollowingThe 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 dysfunction 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?”


“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 Blackis 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.”

—InD’tale Magazine

“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.”

US Review

"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 Blackis edgy, completely absorbing, and a definite must read by all.”



“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 Blackwas a truly enjoyable adult themed read and I highly recommend it.”


"Thisis 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!"

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Meet the Author

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 Colorado with his two children.

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The Comfort of Black 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
EmmabBooks 9 months ago
A gripping suspense thriller, that kept my attention from beginning to end. Hannah's childhood was spent in fear of her father; later she and her sister started a new life in a new town. The story then moves to the present where after 5 years of happy marriage and a wealthy lifestyle, Hannah thinks she sees a change in her husband. And then, in a moment of drama, she's very certain! What follows is a gripping read with plenty of suspense, as Hannah tries to understand what is happening, who to trust, and how to stay alive. Not many characters in this well written thriller which throws in twists just as you think you've got it all worked out. I found this a great book, full of suspense, easy to keep track of and just what evenings in are made for!
JennMcLean 10 months ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I knew that I was in for a thrill ride. The characters were well defined and the plot kept me riveted. This is my first Carter Wilson thriller and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. He did not spare any details about the main characters. He gave such minute details and clarity of each character and made you feel as though you knew them intimately. The reader develops their own feelings regarding each one. The reader understands why Hannah could not trust anyone and hopes that someone would be there for her...in comes Black. Though he is a mystery man, clad in black and ready to do her harm, there's an inkling of hope. You really have to read this book. It's guaranteed to immerse you and not let go until the very last page! I.C. Rhodes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what can I say about this book except that it kept me at the edge of my seat the whole way through it. Intense and so many twists and turns I couldn't figure out what was going to happen the whole way through it. Highly recommend it.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
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.
dlb333 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable, engaging story.
dkj38 More than 1 year ago
I won The Comfort of Black by Wilson Carter in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is a well written thriller with just enough twists to keep you involved until the very end of the book. I would recommend this book to all readers and will definitely read more books by this author.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Hannah is 34 and her husband Dallin is 33. Dallin had been distant recently. They hadn't had sex in 6 weeks. Hannah had a therapist for the last 4 yrs. Dr. Madalyn Britel. Usually she found comfort with her therapist. Her anger was one of the reasons she visited a therapist. Hannah turned into a strong woman. She did what she had to do. She'd finally decided to trust the one person who tried to help her. She turned her life around. I liked her character. I am a romantic at heart and didn't care what happened to Black, but I understood why it happened. The book was still great. It had a great plot and characters. I highly recommend it.
CArcidiacono More than 1 year ago
How and who do you trust when your life starts to fall apart? Hannah seems to be living a decent life with a few demons in her past, until the night her husband Dallin, talked in his sleep. Everything changed in a blink of an eye and would never be the same again. With numerous twists and turns, this book keeps you on your toes trying to figure out what is going on and what will happen next. The ending was a little sad for me but realistic. A good, solid book. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.